Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

First passed in 1994 with broad bipartisan support, and reauthorized TWICE since with improved protections, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a critical law that has had a tremendous impact on reducing the national rate of intimate partner violence.  One would think that passing a bill that works to ensure women are safe and healthy would be a no brainer, but that was not the case last year.  Lawmakers in Congress failed to come to an agreement to reauthorize VAWA.  More specifically, the House refused to pass an inclusive VAWA bill that meets the needs of all victims, including Native Americans, immigrants, and LGBT victims.

But it’s a new year and a new Congress — and S. 47, a strong bipartisan VAWA bill that would reauthorize the landmark legislation, is already moving through the Senate.  Sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), with 60 total bipartisan co-sponsors, the bill is expected to pass the Senate today. But the real fight will be in the House, where the bill inexplicably died last year.

Because Planned Parenthood health centers proactively screen and refer for intimate partner violence in a safe setting, they see firsthand the struggle of victims of domestic or sexual violence.  When a woman is in an abusive relationship, the effect is much broader than just the physical and emotional damage — it creates real public health challenges.  No case of violence is acceptable — and that’s why it’s so important Congress reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Protecting women’s health goes beyond the doctor’s office — ensuring women are safe and healthy in their homes, schools, and workplaces is also critical.  That’s why Congress to needs to pass a strong, inclusive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization, improving our nation’s response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, regardless of who needs protection.

Tags: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Mike Crapo, Patrick Leahy

Is Abortion Still Legal in My State?

Learn about abortion access changes in your state.

Get the Facts

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Will NEVER Back Down

Know this: our right to abortion is not debatable. We will rebuild and reclaim the freedom that is ours.


Sign Up for Email

Sign Up

Explore more on


This website uses cookies

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.