Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the U.S. House have approved a five-year extension of the Violence Against Women Act, ensuring additional federal resources are directed to victims of domestic violence.
"This bill aids victims of domestic abuse violence by strengthening penalties for sexual assault and abuse and improving the federal stalking law," said Hartzler, a co-sponsor of the bill. "It also increases resources for sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, and victim services."
"This legislation also would create more accountability and transparency in the federal grant process, ensuring that our tax dollars actually go to help women," continued Hartzler. "The Violence Against Women Act is an important tool for preventing sexual assault and supporting victims of these crimes. I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of this bill and am pleased that the House passed it with bipartisan support."
Vicky Hartzler, a resident of Cass County, serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.