Women in Ohio and throughout the United States deserve leaders who are willing to fight for them, yet a law that protects women has expired.
That is why the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is important. VAWA, which is typically reauthorized every five years, provides resources for local and state organizations to combat domestic, sexual, and psychological violence against women. Last year, the law expired. Critical efforts that help women and their children protect themselves from domestic violence, stalking, and cyber-threats continue only on a short-term basis.
Failure to reauthorize VAWA would have devastating consequences for women, law enforcement, and communities in Ohio.
For women, VAWA resources mean the difference between struggling in silence and beginning the long road to emotional recovery with strong support. Women’s shelters and domestic violence centers would have trouble existing without VAWA. These are the organizations that connect women with legal help, emergency housing, transportation, and lock services.
VAWA has improved the criminal justice system’s ability to keep survivors safe and hold perpetrators accountable. Reauthorizing VAWA would invest in state grant programs that help law enforcement respond to sexual assault crimes.
Communities should not have to face this national problem without national support.
That’s why Senator Sherrod Brown fighting to reauthorize VAWA. The bill has bipartisan support, but it remains stalled in the Senate because some politicans refuse to bring it to a vote.
Reauthorizing VAWA would provide tools for law enforcement, survivor service providers, and court personnel to better identify and manage high risk offenders and prevent domestic violence homicides.
Reauthorizing VAWA is long overdue.
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