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Congresswoman Waters Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

September 16, 2014
Press Release


Congresswoman Waters Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) commemorated 20 years since the signing of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law on Saturday, September 13th.  The legislation created critical protections for victims of domestic violence and dramatically strengthened our nation's criminal justice response to violence against women, the ability to keep victim's safe, and holding perpetrators accountable.  VAWA has a strong track record of success and we must continue to strengthen our response to these acts while deepening our commitment to all survivors.


As a strong supporter of VAWA, Waters released the following statement:


"In 2013, I was a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan VAWA Reauthorization bill.  The bill was a victory for women and the entire nation.  The victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault had waited long enough.  We see throughout California and the country, thousands of Americans who fall victim to domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking no longer have to live in fear because of important victim protections under this law.


Throughout my career, I have been a strong supporter of efforts to reduce domestic violence and connect victims with those who can help.  The reality is domestic violence occurs in our neighborhoods and in our families.  We must continue to do all we can to break this cycle and raise awareness to those who have suffered domestic violence.    


I commend my colleagues who worked tirelessly to pass this critical legislation.  We are committed to continuing to strengthen abuse programs and will ensure that law enforcement has the essential tools to combat domestic violence in our communities."