Violence Against Women Act Headed to the U.S. House of Representatives

Domestic Violence Awareness Advocate Challenges Lawmakers to Take Immediate Action

Feb 15, 2013, 12:13 ET from L.Y. Marlow

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When Saving Promise Founder L.Y. Marlow appeared on MSNBC last Sunday, she issued a challenge to the eight senators, later joined by fourteen others, who opposed the Violence Against Women Act.

"I challenge you to learn about the story of my grandmother, my mother, myself and my daughter. I challenge you to learn about Saving Promise and the work we're doing . . . then sit down and have a conversation with me about what we need to be doing going forward."

Since it was first passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has provided funding for programs to address domestic violence, dating violence and sexual violence crimes against women, men and children. VAWA expired in September 2011. Because of Republican opposition to provisions for Native Americans, undocumented immigrants, and LGBT victims, the reauthorization lagged. On February 13, 2013, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA. The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives.

Watch L.Y. Marlow's appearance on MSNBC and read her message to those who opposed VAWA. Then join the challenge by taking the following actions:

1.       Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, and help us spread the word.

2.       Contact your senator/representative and urge them to take the challenge.

3.       Become a Friend of Promise.

About L.Y. Marlow

L.Y. Marlow is the award-winning author of Color Me Butterfly and founder of Saving Promise, a national movement to change how we talk about and prevent intimate partner violence in America. Her story is about four generations of mothers and daughters who survived more than sixty years of domestic violence. When L.Y. discovered that her twenty-year-old daughter was trapped in an abusive relationship that also threatened her granddaughter, a little girl named Promise, now the fifth generation, she founded Saving Promise with the intention of saving Promise, which has blossomed into a vision for the nation.

SOURCE L.Y. Marlow