Actions you can take against violence

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It’s YWCA Domestic Violence Action Month. Here are some concrete actions you can take to make the world safer. And to make our local community safer, consider a YWCA gift today.

When a friend is hurting

Download the WSCADV Friends & Family Guide to helping someone in an abusive relationship.

Actions to take

Email your representatives in Congress to support vital funding increases for survivors in fiscal year 2023 appropriations. 

You may instead wish to contact them via social media. (Thank you to Triage Cancer for compiling the Twitter handles of all US Senators.)

Urge Congress to vote YES on FVPSA

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is at the heart of our nation’s response to domestic violence services. Congress must continue to ensure that when survivors take the courageous step to reach out for support, funding for lifesaving services and resources are there for them and their children.   

Please join us in urging every Representative to vote “YES” on the FVPSA Improvement bill (H.R. 2119). Enter your name and address, and this form will bring up your House Representative and a template you can use to customize and send an email.

Email your senators about VAWA

H.R. 1620 passed with bipartisan support, and we need every senator working to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act IMMEDIATELY. We cannot allow this critical support to lapse. Email your senators asking them to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, even if your senator is already supportive. Knowing how many of their constituents support a piece of legislation matters.

What was in the House VAWA bill that already passed?

Learn myths and facts about H.R. 1620, which already passed the House, and read why Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against it.

Support indigenous women

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington (MMIWW) creates change by collaborating with and educating Tribal, City, County, State, and Federal Government Officials. MMIWW encourages them to pass laws, proclamations, resolutions, and create regulations towards better protections for Indigenous People.