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NCC joins renewed call to Congress to reauthorize
Washington, January 30, 2012 – The National Council of Churches has joined 38 national and regional ecumenical, interfaith, and advocacy organizations to renew a call to Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA).
Last month, the NCC was one of more than 150 organizations that issued a similar call. See http://www.ncccusa.org/news/111212VAWA.html
The Act, which creates an office within the Department of Justice to develop federal policies around issues relating to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, was scheduled for reauthorization in 2011.
"Since the original passage of VAWA in 1994, the legislation has dramatically enhanced our nation's response to violence against women," the organizations said in a January 26, 2012 letter to members of Congress.
"More victims report domestic violence to the police; the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 63 percent; and VAWA saved nearly $14,8 billion in net averted social costs in just its first six years," the latter said.
Churches and faith organizations actively support VAWA, said the Rev. Ann Tiemeyer, program director of the National Council of Churches Women's Ministries Program.
“The church not only has a role in calling upon our Government to reauthorize and fund VAWA,” Tiemeyer said. “We also need to be safe places where women can come for assistance and healing. We need to preach out against all forms of intimate partner violence and work in partnership with our government to accomplish this goal.”
Organizations signing on to a letter to members of Congress today said, “In times of crisis, victims often turn to their faith communities and leaders for guidance and support. Faith leaders are on the front lines each day identifying victims, providing refuge, referring victims and their families to VAWA programs and services, and offering hope and healing."
Reauthorization of VAWA, the letter said, "gives lawmakers an opportunity to build upon previous successes and make critical improvements to meet the changing needs of victims and provide more avenues for assistance and support."
The full text of the letter to Congress is
The full text of the letter to Congress is here.
Signers of the letter to Congress include:
Alliance of Baptists
for Family Peace Committee
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