Statement on reintroduction of Violence Against Women Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., released the following statement today about the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act, of which she is a cosponsor:
“Since the Violence Against Women Act was first enacted, it has saved lives and helped millions of victims. But even with such progress, too many women face injury or death at the hands of a partner. We have much more work to do, so let’s move swiftly to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. We cannot tolerate any of the usual Washington partisan games on such an important issue. And we must reaffirm that protecting the victims of domestic violence means protecting all victims of domestic violence. Let’s work together right now to pass a strong, bipartisan bill.”
Background on the Violence Against Women Act:
Passed 19 years ago, this landmark legislation focused the resources, time, and energy of federal, state, and local law enforcement on the task of preventing and stopping domestic abuse, while providing victims of violence with critical services and assistance. VAWA has improved the criminal justice system’s ability to keep victims safe and hold perpetrators accountable. Based on this legislation, every state has enacted laws to make stalking a crime and strengthened criminal rape statutes. Since VAWA became law, the annual incidence of domestic violence has dropped more than 50 percent – and reporting of domestic violence has increased as much as 51 percent. VAWA has successfully encouraged communities and law enforcement agencies to coordinate their responses to violence against women and provide effective, long-term support for victims.
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