Congressman Pappas votes to pass long-term, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act reauthorization

April 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Chris Pappas voted to pass a long-term, bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which he proudly co-sponsored. VAWA provides law enforcement officials and organizations the resources they need to help prevent domestic abuse and seek justice for survivors. Since VAWA was first passed in 1994, the rate of domestic violence has declined by over 50 percent.

“Protecting women and children from domestic violence and abuse should never be a partisan issue,” said Congressman Pappas. “I am pleased that the House came together to pass a long-term, bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act which expands protections, modernizes lifesaving programs, and responds to the needs of survivors and advocates. While there is still considerable work to be done, this legislation will help countless survivors across New Hampshire and ensure fewer women have to endure the trauma of domestic abuse and sexual violence.”

The 2019 reauthorization bill makes critical improvements to address gaps in current law based on extensive consultation with victim service providers, law enforcement, and other experts. Specifically, this legislation improves services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The bill would also expand housing protections for survivors.

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