U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today held a domestic violence roundtable with Sioux Falls Chief of Police Doug Barthel and numerous other anti-domestic violence advocates.
"With October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, I am glad we could all come together to discuss this important issue," said Johnson. "Earlier this year 67 of my Senate colleagues and I passed a bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, yet it was met with partisan opposition when it went to the House of Representatives. I truly hope the House will come together and pass the Senate version of this necessary reauthorization."
The Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act has important provisions for American Indian woman, which are critically important as American Indian women are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence and one in three will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.