Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today issued the following statement on the passage of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill was approved by the House by a vote of 286-138.
"Passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides essential protections to women and victims of domestic abuse. The addition of specific language to help Native American tribes address domestic violence on tribal lands is a victory for those who insisted on their inclusion and the many Americans this new authority will help. For too long, tribes have been hamstrung in efforts to aid Native American women when they need it the most. By allowing Indian tribal courts jurisdiction over domestic violence occurring on their lands, this bill ensures Native American women will receive the legal protection and assistance they deserve. This legislation also renews programs that assist victims of sex crimes and domestic abuse as well as funding for educational initiatives designed to prevent violence and recognize signs of abused women and children. Preventing violence and making resources available to help victims to escape ultimately saves lives and the more substantial expenditures communities face from failure to confront abuse."
Earlier this month, Congressman Issa reintroduced the Violence Against Indian Women Act (VAIWA) as H.R. 780. VAIWA sought to strengthen protection for domestic violence victims on Indian tribal lands. San Diego County is home to 17 federally recognized Indian tribes.