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AWS Statement on Violence Against Women Act

Wednesday, September 26, 2018  
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The Association of Women Surgeons recently issued a position statement on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). We urge you to read it and also to consider calling your senators or congressional representatives to urge their support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

When the Violence Against Women Act was originally passed originally on September 13, 1994, Congress confirmed that violence against women is a national crisis and effectively combating it is a national priority. VAWA created a vital network of services for female victims of violence and established specialized training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers investigating this type of violence. It also made transitional services available to victims of violence so they could rebuild their lives.

VAWA was renewed and updated in 2013 by strengthening and improving services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking . It was made more inclusive of Native American women, immigrants, the LGBT community, college students, and public housing residents. The proposed 2018 bill includes increased youth education and prevention programs, stronger housing policies for victims, and expanded gun control laws to keep convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from possessing a firearm.

Passed with bipartisan support, VAWA is set to expire on September 30, 2018. It must be reauthorized or many important and lifesaving resources will no longer be available to victims of gender violence. We hope you will call your senators and congressional representatives to urge their support of the Violence Against Women Act and protect vulnerable women among us.