Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted in favor of a revised version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that would have been more effective in helping victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking, including:
Ensuring more dollars go to helping victims, by limiting expenditures for salaries and administrative costs.
Providing shelter to adult victims of sex trafficking.
Allowing religious charities to participate in grant programs. Currently, the Obama Administration blocks many religious charities from receiving VAWA grants, even though these charities are often the most effective at protecting women.
"As a husband and proud father of three beautiful daughters, I am horrified every time I hear reports of domestic violence and sex trafficking," said Congressman Pittenger. "Our world is marred by those who perpetuate violence against women. One of my goals is to ensure federal funding for domestic violence programs is effective, free of politics, and devoted to using the best practices."
"Unfortunately, today Congress chose not to approve the most effective version of the Violence Against Women Act, but this will not deter me from continuing to support efforts to protect women."
Today, the House approved a less-effective version of VAWA, which eliminates funding for sheltering the adult victims of sex trafficking, continues to block the most effective charities from receiving grants, fails to hold down administrative costs, and changes prostitution laws in a way that could make it easier for minors to be sexually exploited.