Dear Friends,

Have Domestic Violence Programs Delivered on Their Promises to Women? Our recent special report exposes the fact that the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has not only shortchanged women, in some ways it puts them in greater danger.

VAWA fails women

The report reviews nearly 50 research studies and articles examining the effectiveness of restraining orders, mandatory arrest policies, and no-drop prosecution:

We found that among other things, VAWA-funded programs:

  • Are ineffective in reducing abuse
  • Promote policies such as mandatory arrest and no-drop prosecution that place women at greater risk
  • Ensnare women in a rigid criminal justice bureaucracy
  • Can lead to the removal of children from their homes

Call your senators today. Ask them to read SAVE’s special report. Then tell them to reform VAWA.

You can find your Senators’ contact information here: or call 1-202-224-3121.

They’re listening. Please make the call.


Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

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