An Infographic: The Violence Against Women Act

This week it's expected that the Senate will take a final vote on renewing the Violence Against Women Act  (VAWA), which expired two years ago. It will likely pass the Senate with bipartisan support before being sent on to the House of Representatives. It's not clear yet what the House will do, but Republicans must be thinking about their  dwindling  support from women in the 2012 election.

Some have argued that the bill is unnecessary because crimes such as rape and battery are already illegal. However, this bill allocates funds for law enforcement to pursue specific violent crimes against women. For example, the Senate version of the bill provides money for shelters and bans  discrimination  against victims who are illegal immigrants or from the LGBT community.

The following infographic highlights the urgency of passing the VAWA.   Too many women are victims of violent crime.