Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) applauded the House passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA) as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 which included key portions of their bipartisan Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency (HALT) on Campus Sexual Violence Act.

“The passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is cause for celebration on its own. Having several of my bills included to better serve survivors by ensuring that their rights are recognized and voices are heard is the icing on this historic cake,” said Rep. Speier, Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus. “By requiring climate surveys of students at colleges and universities on sexual and domestic violence, we will better monitor the efficacy of our reforms and the pervasiveness of campus violence which too often is swept under the rug. Similarly, an interagency Task Force on Sexual Violence in Education will provide crucial information to educators, lawmakers, students, parents, and the public alike on how to better prevent and address sexual violence. I’m proud to support this package which advances survivors’ safety, dignity, justice, and respect.”

“VAWA has been instrumental in improving and enhancing our nation's response to safeguarding women and children from abuse, anguish, and violence. For years, VAWA programs have produced tangible, life-saving results, saving the lives of millions of women and children and providing educational tools to help survivors and their families rebuild their lives. I am incredibly pleased to see that our legislation to reauthorize VAWA is included in the omnibus package, including crucial provisions of the bipartisan HALT Act to make sure our students and young people are safe,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick.

The two provisions from the bipartisan HALT on Campus Sexual Violence Act included in the VAWA reauthorization will:  

  • Direct the Secretary of Education to establish a standardized climate survey for institutions of higher education to administer to students on their experiences with sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence. Each institution of higher education that receives federal funding will be required to administer the survey biannually and the results of the surveys will be published for public consumption. 
  • Establish an Interagency Task Force on Sexual Violence in Education to provide pertinent information to the government, public, and educational institutions on campus sexual violence prevention and response, as well as how to better assist survivors.