On February 28, the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Senate-passed bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and passed this vital legislation by a bipartisan vote of 286-138, including 87 republicans voting in favor. The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) applauds the Members of Congress who led the fight and voted for VAWA’s passage.
“Advocates and survivors have been working on this bill for years and are both elated and relieved to see it reauthorized, says Sue Meuschke, executive director, NNADV. “We thank the Nevada Congressional delegation for their unanimous support of this bill.”
Snapshot of Nevada:
Earlier this month, both Nevada senators voted “Yea” on the VAWA Reauthorization:
- Senator Harry Reid (D)
- Senator Dean Heller (R)
Today, the following Nevada representatives voted “Yea” on the VAWA Reauthorization:
- Congressman Mark Amodei (R)
- Congressman Joseph Heck (R)
- Congressman Steven Horsford (D)
- Congresswomen Dina Titus (D)
The legislation that passed today is a strong reauthorization that includes landmark protections for women on Tribal lands, improves protections for immigrant victims, ensures services for LGBT survivors as well as people with disabilities and the elderly, and adds important housing protections for victims. The bill also preserves and maintains core funding for life-saving victim services.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) enacted in 1994, recognizes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as serious, devastating, and life-threatening crimes. VAWA programs have greatly enhanced systematic changes that give law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe while supporting victims. VAWA supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to these crimes while meeting the needs of victims and will continue to save countless lives through the community-based services it provides. For more information on VAWA including fact sheets on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, visit 4vawa.org. You can view the entire bill (S.47) here.