U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement commending the Congressional reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The House approved the bipartisan Senate bill 286-138 and it will now head to the President's desk for his signature.
"The Violence Against Women Act is a critical, bipartisan piece of legislation that will bring comprehensive and critical services to the millions of domestic violence victims across the country. While I regret this legislation was delayed for so long, I am pleased that Congress has finally delivered on its responsibility to address the epidemic of domestic violence. VAWA is a proven tool in supporting victims, social service providers and law enforcement officials, and I am pleased that this bill is on its way to the President for his signature."