Pelosi, Nadler, Bass & Fitzpatrick Announce Introduction of Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization
Washington, DC, March 7, 2019
Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), held a press conference with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, to introduce H.R. 1585, the bipartisan 2019 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The landmark legislation, enacted in 1994, responds to our nation’s crisis of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Subcommittee Chairwoman Bass said, “Today is a very important day for survivors everywhere. We are here to follow through on the pledge we made to the American people when we said we will deliver in this 116th Congress. We said reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act was a priority in the first 100 days of this Congress and today we are keeping our word by introducing this bipartisan bill. I hope my colleagues on both sides of aisle will join me in supporting this important piece of legislation.”
Chairman Nadler said, “Domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault do not discriminate based on your age, sex, income, race, or religion. This reauthorization bill expands the existing protections of VAWA, modernizes and updates its programs, and responds to the needs identified by the survivors and advocates who devote their lives to ending intimate partner violence. We must do all that we can to ensure VAWA works for every woman, man, or child who may need its protections and that fewer families and individuals experience the trauma of domestic violence and assault.”
Congressman Fitzpatrick said, “Congress must continue to aggressively combat domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking by swiftly reauthorizing the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). While there is still considerable work to be done, VAWA has drastically improved our nation’s response to safeguarding women and children from abuse and anguish. Congress has historically reauthorized VAWA with broad bipartisan agreement.”
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 improves current law in several important respects:
VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2019 is supported by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF), a large and diverse group of national, tribal, state, territorial, and local organizations, advocates, and individuals that focus on the development, passage and implementation of effective public policy to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
A copy of the bill is available here.
VAWA section by section is available here.
VAWA fact sheet is available here.