Today U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) voted in support of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). Heller is one of seven republicans to cosponsor this legislation, which provides vital services for victims and their dependents, and helps those affected by domestic violence find safety and opportunities to rebuild their lives.
"I am grateful that the Senate passed this important legislation and provided those who are affected by domestic abuse some much-needed comfort. Violence in all its forms is unacceptable and unfortunately Nevada's struggling economy has limited state resources. I am confident that this bill will enable domestic violence programs to plan for the future and serve even more Americans in need. This bill will further prevention efforts that will result in reducing domestic violence and help our nation's most vulnerable.
"This bipartisan effort is an example of how Members of Congress should be working together to solve the problems facing our nation. VAWA will truly make a difference in the lives of countless women in Nevada and throughout the United States," said Senator Dean Heller.
According to the annual report released by the Violence Policy Center, Nevada has the highest rate of domestic violence killings by men against women in the nation. Out of every 100,000 women, 2.7 are killed annually.