U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today praised President Obama's signing of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
"Today is an historic day for women and families in Wisconsin and across our country," said Senator Baldwin. "Victims of violence and abuse deserve action from Washington and today they got it. I was proud to vote for the Violence Against Women Act in the U.S. Senate because it will help reduce domestic violence and provide vital services to Wisconsin women and families dealing with domestic abuse."
The Violence Against Women Act was originally enacted in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, each time with broad bipartisan support. On February 12, 2013 the Violence Against Women Act passed the U.S. Senate with broad bi-partisan support (78-22). The expanded version of VAWA includes important improvements to the 2005 law, including protections for LGBT, Native American and immigrant victims of domestic violence.
"We must continue to do all that we can to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and ensure all victims have the support and counseling they need." Baldwin said.