Assemblywoman Urges Congress To Reauthorize Domestic Violence Law

SCOTCH PLAINS – Assemblywoman Stender announced she is introducing legislation in the New Jersey General Assembly urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The act, originally introduced in 1994, was the first enactment to recognize domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes. It has provided $1.6 billion in federal resources to encourage community-coordinated responses to combat violence by enhancing the ability of states to investigate and prosecute violent crimes perpetrated against women. The passage reauthorizes a wide variety of services for abused women and men for the next five years.

“Domestic violence is a very serious issue across the country”, said Stender (D-Union County). “It is imperative that Congress Reauthorizes VAWA in order to support, protect and aid the men, women and children facing these horrible crimes”.

A recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. Approximately one in four women have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, and 45 percent of the women killed in the United States are killed by an intimate partner.

“Based on these figures, the New Jersey Legislature must urge Congress to renew the act, and continue to hold VAWA to the utmost importance throughout the United States.

The bill has passed through the Senate and awaits action in the House of Representatives.

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