Since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted in 1994 domestic violence has been cut in half. The law is doing what it was intended to do -- reduce violence against women. Today, Congresswoman Susan Davis opposed the House Majority's version (H.R. 4970) to reauthorize VAWA because it rollbacks protections for women, especially women in immigrant and LGBT communities.
"The House Majority's version of VAWA could actually lead to more violence against women," said Davis. "At a time when we need to modernize the VAWA to build upon our efforts, this bill would instead roll back existing protections."
The House Majority's bill rolls back protections in VAWA and would give the abuser the ability to control and manipulate the process by allowing the abuser to present unsubstantiated evidence to be used against the victim to deny protection. In addition, the bill still creates a number of unnecessary requirements that will create barriers significantly delaying or denying protection to vulnerable immigrant victims.
The House bill also fails to include provisions, which are included in the Senate-passed bill, to protect the LGBT community from discrimination. Last month, the Senate passed its own version of VAWA, which garnered a bipartisan vote of 68-31.
More than 300 organizations across the nation have registered their opposition to H.R. 4970.