Today, Congresswoman Hahn applauded the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and released the following statement. This morning, the House passed the Senate reauthorization bill with a vote of 286-138.
"Today, Members from both sides of the aisle put aside political labels and said that all victims of domestic violence deserve support and protection, regardless of their sexual orientation or tribal or immigrant status. For decades, the Violence Against Women Act has afforded women protection from abuse and provided law enforcement with essential tools to combat domestic violence and I am proud to have voted for its reauthorization and expansion today. Nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than the right to live safely in our homes and communities without fear and this new legislation affirms that right for LGBT, Native American and immigrant women as well as sex trafficking victims. This is a major victory for our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and friends in the effort to preserve the security of all women."