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"Until women can live free of the fear of domestic and sexual violence I will continue to raise my voice and partner with JDI. I want to motivate and inspire others to reimagine manhood so that the next generation of young boys and girls expect relationships to be loving, caring, and respectful and that they learn to cope with disappointment, breakup, and disagreement in civil, respectful, nonviolent ways. " ~ Peter Roby - 2014 White Ribbon Day Campaign Co-Chair

VAWA Reauthorization In Trouble

We're disappointed, outraged, and concerned that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed House Resolution 4970 with a very close vote:  222 Yes, 205 No.

The House version severely weakens the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  JDI and our allies across the country have grave concerns about this legislation which contains changes to current law that will endanger many victims and excludes protections for specific victims.   As one Congressperson said during the debate, "...since all of the advocacy organizations, the law enforcement agencies, legal services providers and others are all signing letters opposing the bill, who is supporting it?"  Another Congressman stated, "let's rename this bill the War on Women Act (WAWA)."

The 1994 law has been renewed twice with wide bipartisan agreement.  We will keep you posted on next steps to make sure this version does not become law. 

Thank you to all of you who made a call, sent an email, wrote a letter and asked your friends, family members and colleagues in other states to contact their representatives as well.

We are fortunate that every member of the Massachusetts House Delegation voted against this bill. 

Watch for next steps and thank you for your ongoing support and advocacy!

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