Strengthening policies that support survivors and help prevent gender-based violence starts with constituents like you! This Capitol Hill Call-In Day, we invite you to engage your Members of Congress. Click the link below to find out who your representative is.
Below are some tips on how to call your members of congress and what to talk about. It can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before, so here are some helpful hints:
When you call, it will probably be a volunteer that answers the phone. If there is not a volunteer available, you may be sent to a voice mail. You can leave a message, or you can hang up and try again in a few minutes. The volunteer may ask for your name and zip code. Elected officials are most interested in your opinions if you are their constituent, so be sure to say the city and state you are from.
Express your support for programs that focus on supporting survivors and ending gender based violence. Specifically, express your support of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). Here are some links if you are interested in learning more about these fundamental programs:
Be brief. Aides receive a high volume of phone calls every day, so keep your call short.
Call again the next day! It’s your right to express your thoughts and concerns to your legislators. They were elected to represent YOU! Make a list of the things that are most important to you and call about something new each day.
We will be calling in right alongside you and will post a video here and on our Facebook page