CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE VOTES TO STRENGTHEN RESOURCES FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY REAUTHORIZING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle and colleagues in the House of Representatives voted reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Rep. Morelle is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan legislation which provides critical resources, support, and protections for those who have experienced domestic or sexual assault.
“More than four million women in the U.S. experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year—a staggering statistic that underscores the grave importance of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization,” said Rep. Morelle. “I’m proud to co-sponsor this critical legislation and am particularly pleased that it includes provisions to keep guns out of the hands of those accused of stalking or dating violence. VAWA truly provides life-saving support and protections survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence need and deserve.”
“VAWA quite literally saves lives. Willow relies on VAWA to fund our life-saving services for survivors and their children,” said Meaghan de Chateauvieux, CEO, Willow Domestic Violence Center. “We are thrilled and encouraged by the bipartisan support and by Congressman Joe Morelle’s leadership for this reauthorization of VAWA, which includes realistic enhancements that advocates and survivors have asked for. This will have a far-reaching and life-saving impact right here in Monroe County and across the nation.”
VAWA was initially signed into law in 1994, co-authored by Louise Slaughter, and has since been reauthorized numerous times with bipartisan support. However, the legislation lapsed at the start of the 2018 government shutdown.
The VAWA legislation passed today (H.R. 1585) is a long-term reauthorization that improves services available for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; expands housing protections for victims and survivors; expands firearms laws to prohibit persons convicted of dating violence, stalking, or subject to protective orders from possessing firearms; invests in tools and resources for law enforcement; and much more.
The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for its consideration.