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Hadassah Calls on President Bush to Sign the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

Lee Abramowitz

 HADASSAH CALLS ON PRESIDENT BUSH TO SIGN THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

(New York, NY -- December 19, 2005) -- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, applauds Congress for passing the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, HR 3402, in a rare Saturday session.

This legislation includes a comprehensive package of grant programs, enhances privacy protections for domestic violence victims using services, and improves collaboration between localities for the prevention, response to and prosecution of violent crimes against women.

According to June Walker, Hadassah National President: “Since this groundbreaking legislation first passed in 1994, violence against women has dropped dramatically: domestic violence is down by 50 percent; murder by an abusive partner is down 22 percent; and now more than half of rape victims report the crime. We urge President Bush to sign this VAWA legislation into law.”

Hadassah- the largest women’s organization in the U.S.— advocates for legislative initiatives aimed at ending domestic violence and promotes programs to educate communities about violence against women. With members in every Congressional district in the U.S., the more than 300,000 members of Hadassah were actively involved in ensuring passage and full funding of the original 1994 Violence Against Women Act and its reauthorization.

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