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Noem Weekly Column: Working to Stop the Cycle of Violence

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Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime? This is unacceptable. In 1994, Congress dDid you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime? This is unacceptable. In 1994, Congress decided it was time for a national response and passed the Violence Against Women Act.

Since then, the Violence Against Women Act has been reauthorized twice with broad bipartisan support and provides funding for programs that educate and protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. This past week, the U.S. House passed legislation, which I helped introduce, that would reauthorize this important legislation for the third time since it was first signed into law.

South Dakota is home to nine reservations, and with Native American women experiencing a higher-level of abuse on average than non-Native American women, it is imperative that we place an additional focus on protecting women in Indian Country. This bill not only reauthorizes funding for five years, it also includes a title with provisions dedicated to Native American women.

The House-passed bill actually improves on many of the provisions for Native American women in the current law, such as extending coverage to sex trafficking crimes and requiring the Attorney General to report to Congress on its annual meetings with tribal governments to help increase information sharing and strengthen the federal response to possible problems.

Even with these provisions, Native American women all-too-often don't see justice served against their perpetrators. That's why I worked with the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee to include language in the House-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act that empowers Native American women to petition individually or through a tribal cDid you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime? This is unacceptable. In 1994, Congress decided it was time for a national response and passed the Violence Against Women Act.

Since then, the Violence Against Women Act has been reauthorized twice with broad bipartisan support and provides funding for programs that educate and protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. This past week, the U.S. House passed legislation, which I helped introduce, that would reauthorize this important legislation for the third time since it was first signed into law.

South Dakota is home to nine reservations, and with Native American women experiencing a higher-level of abuse on average than non-Native American women, it is imperative that we place an additional focus on protecting women in Indian Country. This bill not only reauthorizes funding for five years, it also includes a title with provisions dedicated to Native American women.

The House-passed bill actually improves on many of the provisions for Native American women in the current law, such as extending coverage to sex trafficking crimes and requiring the Attorney General to report to Congress on its annual meetings with tribal governments to help increase information sharing and strengthen the federal response to possible problems.

Even with these provisions, Native American women all-too-often don't see justice served against their perpetrators. That's why I worked with the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee to include language in the House-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act that empowers Native American women to petition individually or through a tribal court for a federal restraining order. Violation of this federal protection order would be a federal crime and the perpetrator could be subject to significant jail time.

In the United States, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year, which is a figure that may not accurately reflect the true number. The trauma caused by these horrific acts of violence can lead to these incidents going unreported. The Violence Against Women Act is designed to empower victims, regardless of race, creed or background, to stand up and seek justice.

The Violence Against Women Act has and will continue to provide services to all victims without discrimination, and it deserves the broad bipartisan support it has received in the past.

ourt for a federal restraining order. Violation of this federal protection order would be a federal crime and the perpetrator could be subject to significant jail time.

In the United States, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year, which is a figure that may not accurately reflect the true number. The trauma caused by these horrific acts of violence can lead to these incidents going unreported. The Violence Against Women Act is designed to empower victims, regardless of race, creed or background, to stand up and seek justice.

The Violence Against Women Act has and will continue to provide services to all victims without discrimination, and it deserves the broad bipartisan support it has received in the past.

ecided it was time for a national response and passed the Violence Against Women Act.

Since then, the Violence Against Women Act has been reauthorized twice with broad bipartisan support and provides funding for programs that educate and protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. This past week, the U.S. House passed legislation, which I helped introduce, that would reauthorize this important legislation for the third time since it was first signed into law.

South Dakota is home to nine reservations, and with Native American women experiencing a higher-level of abuse on average than non-Native American women, it is imperative that we place an additional focus on protecting women in Indian Country. This bill not only reauthorizes funding for five years, it also includes a title with provisions dedicated to Native American women.

The House-passed bill actually improves on many of the provisions for Native American women in the current law, such as extending coverage to sex trafficking crimes and requiring the Attorney General to report to Congress on its annual meetings with tribal governments to help increase information sharing and strengthen the federal response to possible problems.

Even with these provisions, Native American women all-too-often don't see justice served against their perpetrators. That's why I worked with the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee to include language in the House-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act that empowers Native American women to petition individually or through a tribal court for a federal restraining order. Violation of this federal protection order would be a federal crime and the perpetrator could be subject to significant jail time.

In the United States, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year, which is a figure that may not accurately reflect the true number. The trauma caused by these horrific acts of violence can lead to these incidents going unreported. The Violence Against Women Act is designed to empower victims, regardless of race, creed or background, to stand up and seek justice.

The Violence Against Women Act has and will continue to provide services to all victims without discrimination, and it deserves the broad bipartisan support it has received in the past.


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