The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

We must protect VAWA and you can help. Check back soon for new fact sheets, stories, and strategies to help you take action in your community. #ProtectVAWA

Click here to learn more from the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

About VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the cornerstone of our nation’s response to domestic and sexual violence. Initially passed in 1994, VAWA created the first U.S. federal legislation acknowledging domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes, and provided federal resources to encourage community –coordinated responses to combating violence.

VAWA has been reauthorized three times – in 2000, 2005, and 2013 – each time improving on the foundation set in 1994 by expanding the services available and increasing access to services by vulnerable and marginalized populations. Today, VAWA provides:

  • Much-needed legal assistance for victims
  • Assistance to victims and survivors of dating violence and stalking.
  • Housing protections for victims and survivors of domestic violence
  • Culturally and linguistically specific services, including programming for Native Women, immigrant victims and survivors, LGBT victims and survivors, college students and residents in public housing

NJ receives federal funding through VAWA to support services and initiatives in response to domestic violence and sexual assault.
Since 2005, VAWA has helped to support:

  • Enhanced criminal justice responses to domestic violence
  • Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRT)
  • Legal assistance and advocacy for victims
  • Essential domestic violence training for law enforcement officers and judicial personnel
  • Transitional housing for victims and survivors
  • Outreach and services for underserved populations including the elderly, LGBT community, and immigrant victims and survivors
  • Dating abuse prevention programming on college campuses
  • A strong network of providers through the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV)
Survivor Stories

Coming soon…

Take Action NJ to #ProtectVAWA

Below are ways you can advocate to protect VAWA’s critical funding for domestic violence and sexual violence services. Contacting congress works and we’re asking you to call, email, or Tweet at your representatives.

Step 1: Use this tool to find out who represents you where you live.


Locate Your Senators

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500

Step 2: Contact them using their web forms when available OR use our interactive letter and Tweets below. If you’re ambitious, do both! (NOTE: The mailing addresses and phone contacts we provide below are for their NJ offices; if you’re calling, it’s best to use those numbers. That’s why you won’t find them in the results.)

Step 3: Check back often as we’ll have additional ways you can take action in NJ. If you want to know more about our legislative advocacy efforts and events, please sign up for our Policy Updates.

Call Your Legislator

Senator Cory Booker

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• Camden, NJ (856) 338-8922

• Newark, NJ (973) 639-8700

• Washington D.C (202) 224-4744

Senator Robert Menendez

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• Newark, NJ (973) 645-3030

• Barrington, NJ ( 856) 757-5353

• Washington D.C (202) 224-3224

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Union

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• Ewing, NJ (609) 883-0026

• Washington, D.C. (202) 225-5801 

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen Essex, Morris, Passaic, Hudson

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• Morristown, NJ (973) 984-0711

• Washington, D.C. (202) 225-5034

Congressman Josh Gottheimber Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Warren

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• Glen Rock, NJ (888) 216-5646

• Newton (888) 216-5646

• Washington, DC (202) 225-9048

Congressman Frank LoBiondo Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, Salem

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• Mays Landing, NJ 609-625-5008

• Washington, D.C. 202-225-6572

Congressman Tom MacArthur Burlington, Ocean

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• Burlington (856) 267-5182

• Ocean (732) 569-6495

• Washington, D.C. 202-225-4765

Congressman Leonard Lance

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• Flemington, NJ ( 908) 788-6900

• Westfield, NJ ( 908) 518-7733

• Washington, DC (202)225-5361

Congressman Donald Norcross Burlington, Camden, Gloucester

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• Cherry Hill Office (856)-427-7000

• Washington, DC (202)-225-6501

Congressman Frank Pallone Middlesex, Monmouth

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• Long Branch (732) 571-1140

• New Brunswick, NJ ( 732)-249-8892

• Washington, DC (202) 225-4671

Congressman Bill Pascrell Bergen, Hudson, Passaic

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• Englewood, NJ (201) 935-2248

• Lyndhurst, NJ (201) 935-2248

• Passaic, NJ (973) 472-4510

• Paterson, NJ (973) 523-5152

• Washington D.C.(202) 225-5751

Congressman Donald Payne Essex, Hudson, Union

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• Hillside, NJ ( 862) 229-2994

• Newark, NJ (973) 645-3213

• Jersey City, NJ ( 201) 369-0392

• Washington D.C (202) 225-3436

Congressman Albio Sires Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union

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• Elizabeth,NJ  (908) 820-0692

• Jersey City, NJ (201) 309-0301

• West New York, NJ • (201) 558-0800

• Washington, D.C. • (202) 225-7919

Congressman Chris Smith (Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean)

Call today!

• Monmouth (732) 780-3035

• Ocean (609) 286-2571

• Hamilton, NJ (609) 585-7878

• Washington, DC (202) 225-3765

Tweet at Your Legislator

Twitter handles can be found using the tool at the top of this page.

Sample Tweets

Coming soon! In the meantime, you can share our below and include your rep.



Email Your Legislator

We are organizing. …Check back soon! In the meantime, use the Google tool to learn who your reps are and call or Tweet at them. You can also use their web contact form if it is available. Thank you for your advocacy!


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