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Congresswoman Slaughter, Original Co-Author of Violence Against Women Act, Commends Signing Of VAWA Reauthorization Into Law

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"Today's signing of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization into law gives women and all victims of domestic violence across America the peace of mind that their government will not abandon them in their time of need. When Pat Schroeder and I first wrote the law in 1994, we never imagined the law would discriminate against anyone, so I am especially proud to have fought to ensure that LGBT, immigrant, and Native American victims are now entitled to the same protections as everyone else. Since its passage 18 years ago, the Violence Against Women Act has been responsible for a 64 percent reduction in cases of domestic violence. I won't stop fighting on behalf of all victims until that number is 100 percent."

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