You can be part of an historic Congressional hearing

It’s time to STOP dehumanizing, ineffective VAWA programs!

Since 1994, programs and policies created by the Violence Against Women Act have destroyed countless families and left victims of domestic violence with no practical help, and no possibility of future advances in the field.

VAWA programs are unique among all helping programs as they have not changed in any way in 50 years, yet society continues to evolve.

Because of VAWA, victims of domestic violence and partner abuse literally have nowhere to turn in an emergency, and allowing these programs to continue will ensure they never will.

The VAWA concept of partner abuse is only about advancing a political agenda and not at all about seeking real-world solutions for the families and people affected.

All of this has come at a cost of billions of dollars per year, with no demonstrable return on this investment. It is time to STOP funding a Marxist political agenda and START helping taxpayers get the help they are paying for.

The next VAWA is currently being drafted by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence in preparation for introduction and passage in 2011.

For the first time since its inception, Congress is allowing opposing viewpoints on this issue to be aired at the first hearing.

“The Increased Importance of the Violence Against Women Act in a Time of Economic Crisis”

The hearing was Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Scheduled to speak is Richard Gelles, PhD. who is a Dean at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a leading researcher in the filed of partner abuse from a non-political perspective. His take on the most popular and enduring myths surrounding the issue is here.

You can be part of this landmark event!

Even though you can’t be there in person, you CAN submit testimony to the Committee. It’s simple…just write a concise, polite letter about your experiences with VAWA, and email to Senators Leahy (Democrat of Vermont) and Sessions (Republican of Alabama). It is preferable that your letter not be longer than one page.

Just fill in the missing places in the draft letter below, and email it to:

Anya McMurray (Leahy’s staffer):

Bradley Hayes (Sessions’ staffer):

Send a copy of the letter to: . The deadline to receive your letter is this coming Tuesday, May 11!


RE: Violence Against Women Act

Honorable Patrick Leahy
Honorable Jeff Sessions
Senate Judiciary Committee

Dear Senators Leahy and Sessions:

I am writing regarding the May 5, 2010 Judiciary Committee hearing on the Violence Against Women Act.




©2010, Trudy W. Schuett

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Trudy W. Schuett is an Arizona-based online veteran with 10 years in cyberspace; an author and multiblogger. She has held workshops on blogging, writing, and promo for writers at the New Communications Forum and Arizona Western College, and has participated in world blogging events such as Global PR Blog Week. She is also an advocate for unserved victims of domestic violence. She is is the author of three novels, two how-to books and eight blogs. Note: Books are currently out of print, but two appear in blog form. She currently publishes New Perspectives on Partner Abuse at She has a video at her site that provides a look into the circumstance of a few men. Entitled, Husband Beaters It is in five parts and was part of the Secret Lives of Women series on the WE network. She publishes the AZ Rural Times and New Perspectives on Partner Abuse , she is on Twitter and Facebook She lives in Yuma AZ, with her husband, Paul. or E-Mail.

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