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Victims need your help before it is too late.

Please take a minute to urge your U.S. Senators to block the damaging health care bill that would turn back the clock for victims and their children. 

  •  If you have time to call, please use this toll-free NEA number: 1-855-764-1010. Just put in your zip code and you’ll be connected to your Senator’s staff. Tell them you oppose the Senate health care bill (now called the Better Care Reconciliation Act).

Even if you think your Senator supports this dangerous bill, please don’t stop writing and calling. Every Senator needs to hear that their constituents are watching this vote, and whether their Senator puts health care in jeopardy, especially victims of domestic violence.
 
Background: Last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and puts victims of domestic violence at serious risk. Yesterday, the Senate introduced a similar bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, that is even worse in some ways.  

It would cut Medicaid even more deeply and rob victims and vulnerable citizens of access to care. Both the House and Senate bills would allow insurance companies to charge more for pre-existing conditions. Both bills would put health care coverage out of reach for countless victims of violence.
 
These proposed bills are poised to become a new tool in an abuser's arsenal to trap victims. If this bill passes the Senate, it could go quickly to the President for signature. Terrifying. 

Contact your U.S. Senators today, by phone or email, and urge them to protect survivors by rejecting the Better Care Reconciliation Act. This bill would be devastating and harmful for survivors. Join us in urging the U.S. Senate to reject it.

Thank you for all that you do to support survivors and help end domestic violence, it is only with your help that we can stop this dangerous legislation from passing.

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Madison— Domestic violence victim advocates across Wisconsin are strongly supporting newly introduced legislation aimed at preventing teen dating violence in Wisconsin schools. LRB-2213/1, authored by Representatives Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) and Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), would direct schools to create curriculum for middle and high students focused on recognizing the signs of an abusive relationship. It would also require schools to create policies and training for staff to handle incidences of dating violence. 


“Teen Dating Violence is a public health crisis, and End Abuse is thrilled to see the Wisconsin legislature take steps to address this problem. One in three teens in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a rate that is higher than all other forms of youth violence,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “Considering that there are at least 22 states that already have laws requiring curriculum on teen dating violence in schools, we urge the legislature to take interpersonal violence seriously and pass this bill. At End Abuse we are committed to breaking the cycle of violence that affects victims in every community, and that means starting early with preventive education.”


LRB-2213/1, which was circulated for co-sponsorship earlier today, would require school boards to adopt policies addressing teen dating violence, including:

  • Prohibiting teen dating violence at schools or school-related events and activities;
  • Model, age-appropriate instruction about preventing and responding to teen dating violence for pupils in grades 7 through 12;
  • Training and procedures for identifying, preventing, and responding to teen dating violence for school district employees, and identifying school district employees responsible for receiving teen dating violence incident reports.

“We applaud the bi-partisan work of legislators to support this vital initiative, including the lead authors and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield), who has worked on the legislation in previous sessions and remains a strong supporter of the bill,” said Seger. “We look forward to full support from the Legislature. By coming together to support this common sense proposal, elected officials in Wisconsin will demonstrate that teen dating violence is not a partisan issue and that they are serious about addressing the root causes of domestic violence.”

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