Engel Statement on Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

Engel Statement on Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1585, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):

“I am pleased to see the Violence Against Women Act reauthorized after Republicans let the program lapse last year during the Trump Shutdown. Our Democratic Majority is committed to improving the safety and welfare of all Americans, which is why reauthorizing VAWA was such a high priority.  Women and children deserve to be safe in their homes, and we must do everything we can to eliminate the terror of living with domestic violence.

“Since its initial passage in 1994, VAWA has allowed victims of domestic violence and abuse to seek the justice they deserve. In that time, the rate of domestic violence in the U.S. has fallen more than 50%, but there is still more that needs to be done.

“The 2019 VAWA reauthorization provides the needed investments in resources for both communities and law enforcement to protect victims and prosecute abusers. The bill expands protections for women, children, LGBTQ individuals, and Native American tribes. It also closes dangerous loopholes, such as the ‘boyfriend loophole,’ to further protect individuals who are abused by their significant other. 

“Put simply, this bill will save lives. I have always been a strong supporter of VAWA and am proud to have helped pass its reauthorization here again today.”