You can be part of an historic Congressional
Its time to STOP dehumanizing, ineffective
Since 1994, programs and policies created by the
Violence Against Women Act have destroyed countless
families and left victims of domestic violence with
no practical help, and no possibility of future
advances in the field.
VAWA programs are unique among all helping
programs as they have not changed in any way in 50
years, yet society continues to evolve.
Because of VAWA, victims of domestic violence
and partner abuse literally have nowhere to turn in
an emergency, and allowing these programs to
continue will ensure they never will.
The VAWA concept of partner abuse is only about
advancing a political agenda and not at all about
seeking real-world solutions for the families and
All of this has come at a cost of billions of
dollars per year, with no demonstrable return on
this investment. It is time to STOP funding a
Marxist political agenda and START helping
taxpayers get the help they are paying for.
The next VAWA is currently being drafted by the
National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic
Violence in preparation for introduction and
passage in 2011.
For the first time since its inception, Congress
is allowing opposing viewpoints on this issue to be
aired at the first hearing.
The Increased Importance of the Violence
Against Women Act in a Time of Economic
The hearing was Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 10:00
a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office
Scheduled to speak is Richard Gelles, PhD. who
is a Dean at the School of Social Policy &
Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a
leading researcher in the filed of partner abuse
from a non-political perspective. His
take on the most popular and enduring myths
surrounding the issue is here.
You can be part of this landmark event!
Even though you cant be there in person,
you CAN submit testimony to the Committee.
just write a concise, polite
letter about your experiences with VAWA, and email
to Senators Leahy (Democrat of Vermont) and
Sessions (Republican of Alabama). It is preferable
that your letter not be longer than one page.
Just fill in the missing places in the draft
letter below, and email it to:
Anya McMurray (Leahys staffer): Anya_McMurray-at-judiciary-dem.senate.gov
Bradley Hayes (Sessions staffer):
Send a copy of the letter to: news-at-saveservices.org
. The deadline to receive your letter is this
coming Tuesday, May 11!
RE: Violence Against Women Act
Honorable Patrick Leahy
Honorable Jeff Sessions
Senate Judiciary Committee
Dear Senators Leahy and Sessions:
I am writing regarding the May 5, 2010 Judiciary
Committee hearing on the Violence Against Women
[POLITELY, FACTUALLY, AND CONCISELY DESCRIBE
YOUR EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS HOW TO REFORM
[YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE
©2010, Trudy W.
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Schuett is an Arizona-based online veteran with 10
years in cyberspace; an author and multiblogger.
She has held workshops on blogging, writing, and
promo for writers at the New Communications Forum
and Arizona Western College, and has participated
in world blogging events such as Global PR Blog
Week. She is also an advocate for unserved victims
of domestic violence. She is is the author of three
novels, two how-to books and eight blogs. Note:
Books are currently out of print, but two appear in
blog form. She currently publishes New Perspectives
on Partner Abuse at partnerabuse.com.
She has a video at her site that provides a look
into the circumstance of a few men. Entitled,
It is in five parts and was part of the Secret
Lives of Women series on the WE network. She
publishes the AZ
Perspectives on Partner
she is on Twitter
She lives in Yuma AZ, with her husband, Paul.
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