Senator Jay Rockefeller today said that the House's passage of the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a very important step because it will protect women, children, and families from domestic violence and sexual assault.
Rockefeller was an original co-sponsor of VAWA when it passed in 1994, and a co-sponsor of the Senate bill to reauthorize the historic measure. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.
"This is great news that the House passed the Senate's stronger Violence Against Women Act," said Rockefeller. "This bill saves lives and it's the right thing to do. Preventing sexual assault and domestic violence shouldn't be political issues. And today, we were able to overcome political gridlock and pass a bill that protects women, children, and families across West Virginia and the country. I have long fought for this bill, and just two weeks ago I held a roundtable discussion in Martinsburg to hear about how important it is to so many West Virginia families."
Once signed into law, among other efforts, this legislation will provide resources for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence to serve 1,326 West Virginians, including 562 children, who are at risk.