Expand Strength of Domestic Violence Prevention Law

Encourage the House of Representatives to expand the power of a domestic violence prevention law.

Target: House Speaker John Boehner

Goal: Urge House of Representatives to allow Senate-approved law expanding strength of preventative domestic violence law.

The United States Senate has recently voted to expand the strength of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. The new laws associated with it would grant more power to Native American tribal courts as well as allow for the protection of homosexual victims of domestic abuse. However, the House of Representatives is still in debate over whether or not they want to vote for the law change. They must, for the law would represent a great step forward in the fight against domestic abuse.

The new law’s legal language would be changed to cover all bases in the battle against domestic abuse, stating that it is necessary to account for any and all victims and perpetrators of the criminal act. This would expand the law’s powers to cover cases involving homosexuals, immigrants, and Native Americans.

A shockingly high number of LGBT domestic violence victims continue to be denied aid at shelters, and are denied protection orders with similarly disheartening frequency. The proposed changes in the vote would help prevent such things from occurring.

Similarly, laws would be altered to extend additional aid to immigrant victims as well. Recent studies show that primary reasons for immigrants failing to report domestic violence cases are either that they think the authorities would not believe them, or that they fear deportation because their perpetrator represents their sponsorship. The new law would allow married victimized immigrants with documentation to petition for independent status, which would help free them from the constraints of their relationship with their accuser. It is also speculated that the law would include a visa option for victimized undocumented immigrants.

The main hang-up still present lies with the proposed changes with regard to Native American rights. The Senate wishes to extend additional powers to tribal courts, which under the new laws would be able to prosecute even non-Indian domestic violence perpetrators. This part of the suggested law expansion has been questioned by certain members of the House, despite the fact that tribal women suffer more domestic abuse than any other racial group in the country on average. The House is still divided on the issue.

They must allow the new law to take precedence. Domestic violence is still a very serious problem in society and needs to be addressed before it gets any worse. This law would be a great help to the country, and it needs to be voted in as soon as possible.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear House Speaker Boehner,

Domestic violence is one of the biggest problems facing America today. It can be greatly combated with a little help from you.

The Senate has recently voted to approve an extension of the Violence Against Women law of 1994 that will expand the law’s powers to help immigrants, Native Americans, and homosexuals suffering from domestic abuse. The new law’s potential wording is spot-on: the goal should be to eliminate all domestic violence, regardless of demographic. Currently, we as a country not have yet achieved that goal. But this law’s help, we as a country can move closer to doing so.

You can provide a great boost toward that goal by voting for this addition to the law. It will create positive change in society and possibly save lives. Do the right thing and vote in favor of this law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Domestic violence is still one of our nation’s biggest threats to public health and public safety, and anything at all possible that could be done to lessen it should be done.

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