Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after attending President Obama's signing of the strengthened Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):
"As I watched the President sign this bill, I thought about the victims of domestic violence who will now be able to obtain justice and receive better services because of this strengthened law," said Hirono. "This reauthorization was long overdue. While the original VAWA, signed in 1994, has helped save countless lives, this version ensures that native, immigrant and LGBT victims of domestic violence receive the protections they deserve. It was an honor to join President Obama as he signed this important piece of legislation into law."