U.S. Representative Glenn "GT' Thompson today voted to support the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013, which passed the House by a vote of 286-138. The legislation is scheduled to be signed into law by the President, with the Senate having approved the measure on February 12, 2013.
"The Violence Against Women Act is the nation's landmark law aimed at combating domestic violence and sexual assault, and today Congress passed legislation to strengthen this effort, improve and expand advocacy, and most importantly, to ensure adequate help is available and those in need can find safety. House passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 means that law enforcement will have the training and tools necessary to prevent domestic violence and ensure women have access to the resources they need to protect themselves, their children, and their families."
First enacted in 1994, VAWA was renewed with bipartisan support in 2000 and 2005. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 reauthorizes grant programs awarded by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services directed toward the victims of domestic violence for an additional five years.