Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) joined Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) in introducing the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization (H.R. 11). This bill reauthorizes protections and services that have been responsible for a 50 percent reduction in domestic violence. H.R. 11 also provides better assistance to abuse victims.
Congresswoman McCollum issued the following statement:
"Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act ensures abused women and their families have access to the resources they need. Native American women, who unfortunately experience higher rates of sexual and physical assault, will be greatly helped by new provisions in the legislation.
"Tribal leaders worked closely with the Department of Justice to develop the language that will allow tribal courts to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence. All victims of domestic violence must have the same resources they need to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities.
"H.R. 11 strengthens protections for all women by:
Providing better coordination to more effectively address domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence;
Giving tribal communities additional tools to address domestic violence;
Ensuring LGBT abuse victims have access to services and support they need.
"Now is the time for House Republicans to stop obstructing and support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act."