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Invite Congress to Participate in the National Day of Service in Support of VAWA

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied 2012 Protest SignSource: National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women

As part of Inauguration Week, the President and First Lady have called on Americans across the country to participate in the National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 19th.

As people around the country volunteer in their communities on this National Day of Service, we also have an opportunity to speak out about the importance of the services that local domestic violence and rape crisis programs provide to victims every single day and how critical the swift passage of VAWA is. 

Take Action:

  1. Ask your Members of Congress to do service at a domestic violence program or rape crisis center
  2. Call, write, or tweet your Member of Congress with this message:

On January 19th, join me in the National Day of Service to recognize the critical support that VAWA provides to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Volunteer your time at and / or make a donation to [name of local domestic violence / rape crisis program], and support the difference these programs make in the lives of survivors and in [name of your community]. Your work on January 19th – and in Congress – is necessary to pass VAWA and fund VAWA programs immediately so that all victims can get the support they need and deserve!

Sample Tweet: @YourRep Honor the National Day of Service: Volunteer time or make a donation to [name of local rape crisis or domestic violence proogram] and pass #VAWA now!

Programs supported by VAWA provide lifesaving services to millions of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Yet despite VAWA’s proven ability to substantially improve lives, it has not reached all victims. VAWA reauthorization provides an opportunity to build upon the successes of the current law by including key improvements, and ensuring that all victims will have access to much-needed services.  Also, federal funding is now more essential than ever to ensure that programs across the country can keep the lights on, answer crisis calls, and provide vital services for victims fleeing violence.

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