Action Alert UPDATE: Urge your Representatives to Vote NO on House VAWA bill and YES to S. 47

UPDATE: As a result of your efforts, House leadership has agreed to schedule a vote on S. 47, the Senate version of VAWA that protects all victims, if the House version does not obtain a majority. This means victory is within reach! Call your Congress Person today with a simple message!

Action Item:

1) Call the Capitol switchboard at 888.269.5702 and ask the operator to connect you to your Representative.  If you don’t know who your Representative is, you can find out here.  

2) When you’re connected to their offices, tell the person who answers the phone:

  • I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________.
  • I am calling to ask Representative _________ to do three things - Vote:
    • YES on the RULE to vote on VAWA today, Wednesday February 27, 2013
    • NO on the House substitute amendment to VAWA, Thursday, February 28, 2013
    • YES on the Senate-passed version of VAWA, Thursday, February 28, 2013

 

About VAWA

VAWA is the cornerstone of our nation's response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, and because of VAWA, millions of victims have received lifesaving services and support.  Despite VAWA's proven ability to substantially improve lives, it has not reached all victims.  VAWA's reauthorization provides an opportunity to build upon the successes of the current law by including key improvements to protect and provide safety and access to justice for Native American, immigrant, and LGBT victims, as well as victims on college campuses and in communities of color. Additionally, a renewed VAWA must include strengthened housing protections that provide emergency housing transfer options for survivors, as well as implementation of transparent and effective accountability measures that support and strengthen, rather than endanger, the programs that assist victims.

 

Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Advocates and Survivors

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing  The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote. 

Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People

THIS RECORDING

This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s). 

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

THE SERIES

The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.