As we mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it is a time to rededicate ourselves to the goal of ending violence against all those affected by domestic violence: whether it be our women and children, men or seniors. No one should have to live in fear in their own home. Domestic violence is never a private matter and as a community we all must continue to work together to eliminate these acts of violence from our society.
As a proud sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), I believe VAWA is a remarkable and important piece of legislation that deserves the continued support of Congress. For nearly 20 years, VAWA has strengthened communities and provided critical, life-saving support to victims of violence. The time has come for House Republicans to stop blocking a fully-inclusive VAWA and join House Democrats to reauthorize -- and strengthen -- the Violence Against Women Act.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please know that help is available to you: call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE. To learn more about how you can end violence against women and children around the world, you can visit the San Francisco-based Futures Without Violence.