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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 is the VAWA National Day of Action

by Emily Roberts | Nov 13, 2012

Tomorrow, November 14th has been identified as a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) National Day of Action.  They judge the “lame duck session”, the session of Congress that will take place in the next few weeks, as an important time to highlight and push for the reauthorization of VAWA.

The VAWA National Day of Action
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

679 Days Since VAWA Expired

183 Days Since Congress’ Last Action on VAWA

30 Days Left to pass VAWA before this Congress ends

Tomorrow, consider taking one or more of the following steps:

Call this toll-free number: 888-269-5702, which connects callers directly to the U.S. Capitol Switchboard. 

  • Speak to your U.S. Representative ( and Senators ( 
  • Ask your elected members “to pass VAWA now”.  If you need some additional points to cover, consider using the following as a guide:

I am your constituent.  Now that the elections are over, I urge you to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  It has been 679 days since VAWA expired, and 183 days since Congress’s last action on VAWA.  Please, prioritize passing VAWA now.

Consider also highlighting stories of how VAWA has helped your community take domestic violence seriously.

  • The Switchboard tracks the state location of the calls, so our partners at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will review the call lists from the main switchboard to see which states are most represented in terms of call volume.

Email your members of Congress. 

Twitter:  Do you tweet?  Here are a few sample tweets that you might use. 

  • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWIITER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because our shelter serves victims in your community who depend on it
  • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWIITER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because violence against women is not a partisan issue
  • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because victims need safe and affordable housing #dv #VAWA
  • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because too many victims are still being killed by their partners. #dv #VAWA

Consider using social media

  • Join advocates across the nation in the #PassVAWA2012 Facebook Photo Campaign to tell Congress that it’s time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  Snap photos of you, your friends, and your colleagues holding up signs saying why we need to Pass VAWA NOW!  Submit your photos via email to or tweetpic to #PassVAWA2012.
  • Post this email or similar information on your Facebook page.

For more information on VAWA, visit

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