Congressman Jim Matheson today voted for a bill to renew federal support for state and local programs that help the victims of domestic violence. The Violence Against Women Act --HR 4970 --continues the funding for law enforcement training programs and programs to help victims through 2017.
"I have always been an advocate for the programs that offer help and support to victims of domestic abuse. Since it was first passed in 1994, I believe a lot of progress has been made by local advocates and law enforcement who work together to prosecute the perpetrators and aid the victims," said Matheson.
Matheson said the bill reflects a strong funding commitment to local officials to assist with investigating and prosecuting the criminals, as well as with legal assistance, housing and public safety for the victims and those at risk.
Matheson noted there has long been overwhelmingly bipartisan support for the measure and he is hopeful the differences between the House and Senate version can quickly be resolved so that it can be signed into law.