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Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the 19th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

On the nineteenth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Nineteen years ago today, the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law. This landmark legislation was a result of years of dedication and perseverance by women’s advocates and the incredible leadership of then-Senator Biden. The law combined tough new provisions to hold violent offenders accountable with programs to provide services for the victims of such violence.

“Since its signing, VAWA has improved the criminal justice response to violence against women, states have reformed their laws to take violence against women more seriously, and fewer people are suffering from domestic violence.

“When the Violence Against Women Act first became law in 1994, it received overwhelming bipartisan support, as well as when it came up for reauthorization in 2000 and 2005. This is commonsense legislation that everyone should support, but unfortunately that is not the case in today’s GOP. When Democrats acted to strengthen VAWA in 2012, Republicans in the House attempted to weaken it. Unfortunately, even when this commonsense legislation did pass with unanimous Democratic support, a majority of Republicans sided with the Tea Party and against the interests of women-- voting against it.

“Despite the tremendous impact of the Violence Against Women Act, the truth is that far too many women in this country still face the violent reality of domestic abuse and rape, and far too many die every day because of violence in their communities and their own homes.  We can and must do more. As Democrats, we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent violence against all Americans.”