Women's groups in the HERvotes coalition rallied in the blogosphere last week to call for the extension of the Violence Against Women Act's lifesaving programs and services for another five years. The U.S. Senate has already reauthorized the bill with bipartisan support, but key provisions addressing safety on campuses and protections for LGBT, immigrant and Native American survivors of violence were removed in a version passed by the House of Representatives.
As Feminist Majority Foundation Vice President and General Counsel Kim Gandy writes, "Eliminating violence against women is not... must not... be a partisan issue."
It's time for the House to join the Senate in fully reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
Read all of the HERvotes blogs on the very real problem of violence against women in this country and the critical need for reauthorization here.