Rep. Lipinski Co-Sponsors Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Dan Lipinski joined fellow Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 1585, a bipartisan, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.  The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in protections from violence and abuse for all Americans, and worked to ensure all victims and survivors have access to essential services and to justice.  This reauthorization will safeguard and further build upon these life-saving protections for women throughout Illinois and across the country.

“There should be nothing partisan or political about ending the scourge of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “It is an outrage that 1 in 3 women are still experiencing domestic violence.  With this bipartisan, commonsense reauthorization, Congress is upholding our obligation to protect the millions of victims and survivors who need and deserve our fullest support.”

This reauthorization fulfills Congress’s responsibility to protect all Americans by reaffirming protections for every woman, as well as including vital improvements to address gaps in current law that have been identified by victims, survivors and advocates.  This bipartisan bill:

  • Improves the services available for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking;
  • Expands the housing protections and financial assistance available for victims and survivors;
  • Improves protections for Native women, including by reaffirming tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
  • Expands firearms laws to prohibit persons convicted of dating violence, misdemeanor stalking, or subject to protective orders from possessing firearms; and, 
  • Invests in tools and resources for law enforcement and evidence-based prevention programs that make our communities safer.

“Congress is working to ensure all women in Illinois and throughout the country are safe from violence whether at home, work, school or anywhere in our society,” Lipinski said.  “I’m proud to join my colleagues to co-sponsor the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization to ensure that victims and survivors have the resources necessary to pursue justice and rebuild their lives.”

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