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The Violence Against Women Act, which funds responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, has been on life support for the past month and half. When the law expired at the end of September, Congress temporarily extended it until Dec. Most domestic violence shelters are funded through city, state and federal dollars, and with projected budget cuts on all three levels of government, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault could be deprived of the support they need to escape and heal.

It has since helped protect millions of survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. While Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee introduced a measure to reauthorize VAWA back in July, there was not a single Republican co-sponsor by the time it expired, nor any movement on the reauthorization, although nearly 50 House Republicans urged their leader , Speaker Paul Ryan, in September to make sure that the law is renewed.

A spokesperson for Jackson Lee says the congresswoman is hoping to attach the reauthorization to another measure that Congress has to pass, like funding for continuing government operations, before the end of the year. Otherwise, she will try again next year. There have been indications that at least some Republicans are concerned that an addition to the bill that would take away the right of abusive partners named in a protective order to own a firearm.

However, nearly half of women killed by intimate partners are killed by dating partners, and 20 percent of homicide victims with temporary protective orders were murdered within two days of obtaining the order. Not only does VAWA provide crucial grant funding for myriad domestic violence shelter and confidential housing programs, it also works to train police officers on how to effectively respond to domestic violence, protects undocumented survivors, and funds prevention programs for youth-dating violence and sexual assault.

In a country where nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, and countless others are emotionally abused, the lapse of VAWA is a crisis. What does this mean for survivors? At a domestic violence shelter where I work, we receive up to 20 calls a day from parents seeking to escape violent relationships.

We are always at capacity. Because of budget cuts, we are one of the few confidential shelters left in the region. And losing this federal legislation would mean survivors would likely lose access to the crucial support services and housing necessary for a safe escape. Without VAWA funding, the mothers I work with would have no support to leave, which is when abusers become most lethal.

As an undocumented immigrant who spoke little English, Mia faced extreme difficulty navigating the criminal-justice, health-care and immigration systems. Advocates from the shelter and myriad other social services agencies provided wraparound support for her to get cleared from criminal sex work charges, maintain custody of her son despite strategic attempts from her abuser to gain custody, allowed her access health care, and helped her to apply for citizenship.

Under VAWA, undocumented immigrants like Mia who suffer from various forms of abuse can self-petition for legal protections and protection through citizenship. Without VAWA, this innocent survivor of sex trafficking and domestic violence would have had virtually no support for her and her young son. Interpersonal violence thrives in isolation. Without fighting for VAWA reinstatement to fund escape routes through social services and hotlines, we are consenting that violence against women is acceptable.

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