After the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act was stalled for over 500 days, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney fought for the passage of the bipartisan Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 286-138. This bill now heads to the President's desk for his signature.
"This Congress accomplished what the last Congress couldn't - pass basic protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. After waiting for Congress to act for over 500 days, women and children will finally receive access to critical protections," said Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. "The safety of Hudson Valley women and children should not be a partisan issue and Congress must continue to do whatever we can to ensure that no woman or child suffers in silence."
Representative Maloney was a co-sponsor of H.R. 11, the House version of the bill nearly identical to the legislation passed today. Local law enforcement officers and community leaders joined the Congressman in his support. The Violence Against Women Act has a long track record of success and has demonstrably improved the criminal justice system's ability to keep victims safe and hold perpetrators accountable. The annual incidence of domestic violence has dropped more than 50 percent since the law was originally enacted.