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Congressman Boyle Calls for Renewal of Lapsed Violence Against Women Act

March 7, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) cosponsored H.R. 1585, a bipartisan, robust, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill.  The Violence Against Women Act funds the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, and ensures all victims and survivors have access to essential services and to justice.  The law expired in February, threatening future funding until a reauthorization is passed.

“Amidst a long-overdue national conversation about sexual assault and domestic violence, it’s as important as ever that we continue to prevent these heinous acts and support the women who endure them. The Violence Against Women Act allows the government to coordinate a national, unified response to these atrocities and move toward ridding our communities of gender-based violence. As a growing number of women courageously share their stories, the federal government must stand ready and able to assist in every way possible.”

Congressman Boyle has been a long supporter of VAWA, and last February led a letter signed by nineteen other House Democrats to President Trump expressing strong concern that he had not yet nominated a director for the Office of Violence Against Women.