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Engel Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

Engel Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

 

Bronx, New York – Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement marking the 25th anniversary of the enactment  of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):

 

“I was proud to support the Violence Against Women Act when it was first introduced, and proudly continue to support this critical law. VAWA’s lasting impact on our nation has offered needed protections for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Since 1994, VAWA has helped victims seek the justice they rightly deserve. Moreover, the rate of domestic violence has been cut by more than half, yet the work to end domestic violence continues.

 

“It is unacceptable that the 2019 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization languishes in the Senate. Needed reforms such as closing the ‘boyfriend loophole’ and expanded protections for women, children, LGBTQ individuals, and Native American tribes are just sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk. It’s shameful.

 

“VAWA has saved lived and brought justice. As a strong supporter of VAWA, I am proud to say that I was there to vote for the initial bill, and I call upon Senator McConnell to pass the reauthorization bill in the Senate to expand the protections in this landmark piece of legislation.”

 

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