In this Issue:
Against Women Act (VAWA)
House and Senate Leadership and insist they finish their
work, solve the procedural problems and reconcile
The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (VAWA).
Since the early 1990s, AFA has supported victim
protections from domestic violence and we will continue
our legacy of fighting to end abuse in personal
Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S.
Senate have passed versions of the Violence Against
Women Act. However, the House and Senate bills are very
different and it is up to Congressional leadership to
reconcile the differences.
AFA continues to support reauthorization of VAWA and is
participating in a
National Day of Action on June 26 to send one
national, unified message that Congress must finish
their work and pass the REAL VAWA now!
Call House and Senate leadership today and insist
that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural
and move quickly to conference.
Domestic violence remains a troubling part of our
society. A staggering 1.3 million women and 800,000 men
annually are physically assaulted by an intimate
At AFA, one percent of Flight Attendants reported abuse
committed by an intimate partner to our Employee
Assistance Program (EAP). Of course, because domestic
violence is underreported, we suspect these already high
numbers to be higher in reality.
First signed into law in 1994, VAWA seeks to decrease
the frequency of assault on victims of domestic
violence. From its enactment through 2010, the number of
women killed by their intimate partner fell 30%, and the
annual rate of domestic violence against women fell more
than 60% .(2)
VAWA funds rape crisis centers, domestic violence
shelters, and other community based organizations to
provide a safety net from abuse, while aiding
investigation and prosecution of the assailant.
Traditionally, VAWA was meant to protect women from
domestic violence and over the years, the reach of VAWA
has extended to the elderly, disabled, and teens.
However, eleven percent of gay women and fifteen percent
of gay men report some form of violence from their
AFA EAP representatives encourage victims of domestic
violence to file police reports in order to be eligible
for the funds to help individuals. Unfortunately, under
the current law, we must tell Flight Attendants who are
victims of same sex abuse that reporting abuse to the
police is ineffective because they will not be eligible
for services. The proposed reauthorization extends VAWA
protection to same-sex couples and victims of
international sex trafficking.
Calling is easy but please call during the Day of
Action on Tuesday, June 26
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH),
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA),
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV),
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),
Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator
Chuck Schumer (D-NY),
Once connected, a sample script would be:
Patricia Tjaden, Symposium on Integrating Responses to
Domestic Violence: Extent and Nature of Intimate Partner
Violence as measured by the National Violence Against
Women Survey, 47 Loy. L. Rev. 41, 54 (2003).
"I am calling on the leader to reconcile and pass a
bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill that resembles
S.1925. It is time to pass a VAWA that protects ALL
victims of violence, doing nothing is not an option.
This year victims of domestic violence do not deserve
partisan stalemate. Reconcile and pass a "real" VAWA
soon so programs and services can continue to serve
victims and make our communities safer."
Your call will be answered by staff member who will
tally your opinion. They may ask for your name, address,
city and/or zip code to verify you are a constituent.
Patricia Tjaden & Nancy Thoennes, U.S. Dep't of Just.,
NCJ 183781, Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence,
and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence Against
Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women
Survey, at iv (2000), available at
Cathy Campbell, Council 89 President
Glenda Talley, Council 89 Vice President 336-462-1241
Beth Carpenter, Council 89 Secretary-Treasurer 704-968-4341
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