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WASHINGTON As the US Senate was debating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, the White House released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 47:
S. 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
Senator Leahy, D-VT, and 59 cosponsors
The Administration strongly supports Senate passage of S. 47 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark piece of bipartisan legislation that first passed the Congress in 1994 and has twice been reauthorized. VAWA transformed the Nation's response to violence against women and brought critically needed resources to States and local communities to address these crimes.
The Administration is pleased that S. 47 continues that bipartisan progress and targets resources to address today’s most pressing issues. Sexual assault remains one of the most underreported violent crimes in the country. The bill provides funding through State grants to improve the criminal justice response to sexual assault and to better connect victims with services. Further, the bill seeks to reduce domestic violence homicides and address the high rates of violence experienced by teens and young adults. Reaching young people through early intervention can break the cycle of violence.
The Administration strongly supports measures in S. 47 that will bring justice to Native American victims. Rates of domestic violence against Native American women are now among the highest in the United States. The bill builds on the Tribal Law and Order Act which President Obama signed on July 29, 2010 to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of tribal justice systems and also recognizes tribal authorities with respect to domestic violence in Indian country. The Administration is pleased that S. 47 recognizes the need to provide protection and services to all victims of abuse and includes proposals to strengthen existing policies that were supported by both Democrats and Republicans last year.
posted February 5, 2013 6:57 am est