Comments for National Domestic Violence Survivor Law Project Making changes in national law to protect victim/survivors of domestic violence! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:46:46 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Late at night...dear House by txbluebonnet Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:46:46 +0000 Help us with the petition…. to get our voices heard…

Comment on Needing to Sign the VAWA Petition — Goal 1,000,000 signers!! by txbluebonnet Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:42:52 +0000 Be sure to click on the blue “Petition Site” wordings to actually get to the petition itself. :)

Comment on ACTION ALERT * VAWA by txbluebonnet Fri, 25 May 2012 17:15:27 +0000 It just seems that the Senate and the House chambers need to be voting in agreement for the same thing to pass (identically) for it to be approved by the President, which I read that the White House did Veto it as it was passed. Where that leaves us, it would seem that it would have to go back to the drawing board.

What frustrates me to no end in the congressional processes and practices are (1) the filibusters that they do with a bunch of nothingness said (including whether or not they are going to someone’s home to boat along in a lake, which has been done more times than I can count, and (2) the antics pulled by one of the Chambers to get something to pass with some sneaky wool pulled over it to disguise it as one and the same as it was originally intended… just as the House did after the Senate had already passed the VAWA without the House suggestions. Surely the House knew how important it is to pass the VAWA and that the Senate sent a clear message that they weren’t approving it with the House’s changes, yet they continued the wool over the sheep’s eyes tactic to have one last attempt of creating further delay. It’s a waste of time and a waste of taxpayer’s money. In these economical times, it would seem that they would also be concerned about creating and adopting a “get it done” environment and think about the money that is wasted with their antics.

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Comment on ACTION ALERT * VAWA by deerlodgevista Mon, 21 May 2012 15:47:12 +0000 Another interested fact to me is the clause that requires a certain percentage (25 I think) to be spent helping victims of sexual assault. Helping victims is great. Helping people suffering from sexual assaults is very important. Demanding funds be spent this specifically however is not feasible for many organizations. Our services are needed by all kinds of victims, and if we HAVE to spend 25% on a certain category, another may suffer by not having the resources needed to them. Does that make sense?

Any classifying of people, or types of victims, as more important than any others, or more or less deserving of assistance than others just doesn’t make sense to me.

But I have to say, at least we have SOMETHING to try to help. Even though it’s not perfect, it’s a start.

Comment on ACTION ALERT * VAWA by txbluebonnet Sun, 20 May 2012 02:23:31 +0000 Exactly. I’m so disappointed that they, apparently, didn’t read the bill before passing. It’ll be interesting to see what happens after the Senate passes VAWA without the Republicans in the House’s recommendation; and, the House passed it only with the Republican’s in the House’s recommendation.

Guessing that there is still a lot of education that will need to begin again….

Comment on ACTION ALERT * VAWA by deerlodgevista Fri, 18 May 2012 17:01:09 +0000 Thank you for all of this information and the resources! Too bad this bill is becoming another example of politics being more important than actually helping people.

Comment on ACTION ALERT * VAWA by txbluebonnet Tue, 15 May 2012 13:59:43 +0000 I’ve also reposted the Fact Sheet referenced in the following blog posting — :)

Comment on ACTION ALERT * VAWA by txbluebonnet Tue, 15 May 2012 12:15:15 +0000 A SUGGESTED LETTER TO SEND TO YOUR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

[Organizational Letterhead]

May ___, 2012

The Honorable _______________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Regarding: Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, HR4970 and S.1925

Dear Representative ____________,

[List your agency’s name] operates a local domestic violence program in your district, serving [X] victims each year. For the past decade and longer, we have seen the life changing and life saving success of the Violence Against Women Act in our community. We urge the House of Representatives to join with the Senate in passing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill that protects all victims. At this critical
juncture, we implore you to:

1) Call on the Rules Committee to allow for a debate on and amendments to HR4970.
2) Offer and support amendments to HR4970 that make the House version identical to S.1925, the bi-partisan, vetted VAWA Reauthorization bill that has already passed the Senate. In its current form, HR 4970 will endanger victims.

Congress initially passed VAWA in 1994 and subsequently reauthorized VAWA in 2000 and 2005 to meet the needs of victims. It has succeeded in providing tools for states and local organizations to meet the needs of victims and holding perpetrators accountable. Now that Congress must reauthorize VAWA again, we have an opportunity to build upon VAWA’s successes; this is certainly not the time to step
backward from the strong success of VAWA.

HR 4970 in its current form, however, fails to meet victims’ needs; it weakens, rather than enhances, protections for victims of domestic violence. The network of survivors and advocates who work on a daily basis with courts, law enforcement, prosecutors, shelters, academic and medical institutions need VAWA’s tools – its laws and programs – to help keep victims safe.

We have particular concern with provisions that: 1) actually help batterers to target immigrant victims seeking safety and justice, stepping back from the current legal protections and 2) grow bureaucracy and red tape, reduce victim services and increase the administrative burden on small, underfunded nonprofit organizations and other grantees.

The U.S. House of Representatives has the opportunity to develop and pass a bipartisan VAWA that meets the needs of victims. Help make this happen.

For more information, please contact me directly or consider contacting the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) Policy Director Aaron Setliff at or (512) 590-9808.



Comment on HR 4970 FACT SHEET ***** by txbluebonnet Tue, 15 May 2012 11:53:20 +0000 NOTE: The above fact sheet was copied and pasted into the above blog posting from materials received in an email from the Texas Council of Family Violence (TCFV).