Excellent comments all round. There's no doubt that SYGers would like to see VAWA expire; and that's not at all the same thing as endorsing violence against women or anyone else.
My fervent hope is that VAWA be allowed to sunset. That will create at least a year of Congressional reexamination of our nation's policies and approaches to family conflict.
More importantly, if the rad-fems who control and administer the DV Industry are put out of business (for a while), then other more objective voices might be heard in an honest policy debate.
There is so much good research out there that has never seen the light of day let alone been invited for review at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Thanks Joe "Stalin" Biden! You're a real stud!)
Donald Dutton comes to mind immediately, along with a host of other insightful, objective social scientists who truly want to understand domestic conflict, rather than use DV to demonize masculinity and ignore female aggression. (Like, ummmm, maybe child homicide stats?)
I'd even be so tolerant as to enjoy seeing Wendy McElroy and her i-am-still-a-feminist camp get a fair hearing!
If VAWA exits the stage, then all the other competing ways of understanding family conflict, gender wars, and human domestic aggression can get some intelligent airplay. (That's precisely what the radical feminists fear ... free speech, fair debate, and real diversity!)
DV is not going to go away. There will always be aggression between intimate partners (so far, lesbians are No. 1), and in families of whatever nuclear or blended composition.
VAWA serves to silence all "ways of knowing" DV that do not conform to the radical feminist / Evil Patriarchy / Duluth Model.
The only way to truly fix a terribly broken system of injustice is to do away with VAWA and start over.