Hadassah Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee’s Reauthorization Of The Violence Against Women Act
(New York, NY -- September 08, 2005) -- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval today of S.1197, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) introduced by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE). Hadassah calls upon the Senate and House leadership to bring it to a floor vote before it expires on September 30, 2005.
In addition to providing services to victims of domestic violence, this legislation also includes critical provisions to protect women and children from abuse and exploitation in the United States and throughout the world.
According to June Walker, Hadassah National President: “Since this groundbreaking legislation first passed, violence against women has dropped; 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. But much more can and must be done to protect the women of our nation.”
Hadassah- the largest women’s and largest Jewish membership 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 have been actively involved in ensuring passage and full funding of the original 1994 Violence Against Women Act and its reauthorization, whose funding was set to run out.