Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's First District joined leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives today in her support of the Democratic effort to strengthen and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). First signed into law 19 years ago, the VAWA provided critical services and support to victims of violence, while focusing local, state, and federal law enforcement resources on the prevention of domestic abuse.
"One in every four women has experienced severe physical violence in this country, and in Nevada, that number is even greater. For far too long the issue of violence against women has been widely unaddressed, leaving victims, their families, and communities to suffer the consequences in silence," said Congresswoman Titus.
"The Violence Against Women Act provided the first national strategy in the fight to end violence against women," Titus said. "And for almost two decades, this monumental Act gave voice to victims and hope for a better future for the next generation of American women. We must reauthorize this landmark measure without further delay."
Last year, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan reauthorization of VAWA, with key provisions strengthening the law, by a vote of 68 to 31. However, the Republican leadership in the House refused to bring this bipartisan bill to the floor, and VAWA failed to secure reauthorization in the last Congress.
"Today's announcement sends a clear message to House Republicans that this issue is a top priority, and we will not rest until the Violence Against Women Act is strengthened, extended, and restored," Titus said.