This is a historic moment in the movement to protect all women from violence in the United States. The RICADV applauds the leadership and early support of our Senators Reed and Whitehouse in helping to pass – at both the Senate and House - this strong version of VAWA that offers better protection to a wider population. We also thank our allies for supporting our local and national advocacy efforts around VAWA. We now excitedly wait for the signing of VAWA by President Obama, who has said he would sign it if passed.
Looks Forward to President Obama Signing Bill into Law
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Senate-passed bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and passed this vital legislation by a bipartisan vote of vote of 286-138, including 87 Republicans voting in favor. NNEDV applauds the Members of Congress who led the fight and voted for VAWA's passage.
"Victims of violence and their advocates are breathing a collective sigh of relief today, knowing that this critical bill is on its way to President Obama for signature. We commend those who stood in support of victims and put the needs of those suffering from abuse ahead of partisan politics," said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of NNEDV. "These Representatives, and the Senators who voted in favor of the bipartisan VAWA, have renewed our nation's commitment to protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence."
The legislation that passed today is a strong reauthorization that includes landmark protections for women on Tribal lands, improves protections for immigrant victims, ensures services for LGBT survivors, and adds important housing protections for victims. The bill also preserves and maintains core funding for life-saving victim services.
NNEDV was founded to help pass the original Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and NNEDV is honored to have been part of this next step forward.
"Advocates and survivors have been working on this bill for years and will be elated to watch the President sign it into law," concluded Gandy.
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The Diocese of Providence will observe the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 1, 2014
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Join Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center (BVAC) in commemorating October as National Domestic Violence
Three Sisters Ice Cream in Providence will be donating all profits from their Pumpkin ice cream sales
Become a Helpline Advocate Training sessions will be held this fall on the following dates from 6 p.m.
Silent Witnesses help remember and honor those lost to domestic violence. Visit the Women's Resource
Take a step back in time, and spend a fun-filled evening with the Rat Pack to benefit the Domestic Violence
Behind Closed Doors is an original play written and performed by survivors of domestic violence from
Suite Tart Salon is offering a deep conditioner, blow dry, hand massage and a refreshing beverage for
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Empire Beauty School is holding a fundraising and awareness event at their salon in honor of the Elizabeth
You're invited to the Church Street Coffeehouse for a Women's Resource Center's Benefit Concert featuring
Thayer Street businesses are partnering up on October 15, offering amazing promotions all to benefit
During this interactive training workshop, the RICADV's Director of Policy Zulma Garcia will address
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"The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center (EBC) is holding a yard sale at their community center! You can
Step out and support the Women's Center of RI (WCRI) during the Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence. Invite
Watch "Private Violence," a powerful film about domestic violence, at Jane Pickens Theater in Newport,
Watch "Private Violence," a powerful film about domestic violence, at Cable Car Cinema in Providence,
E & O Tap will be donating 20% of their profits from the night to Sojourner House. For more information,
Finding Her Way is a three-day, Christian-based retreat for women who have survived sexual assault. Sponsored
Join the Women's Resource Center at the 2014 Pell Bridge Run, and help raise money to end domestic violence
Boiler House Bikram Yoga will be hosting a glowing live music yoga class by OMNIVORE for $20. Proceeds
15% of all proceeds will support the Women's Resource Center. Visit the Women's Resource Center's Facebook
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Heels to Heal is raising money and awareness for nonviolence and against domestic abuse. This two-mile
Join the RICADV's member agency Sojourner House for its 4th Annual Masquerade Ball! Inspired by Mad
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