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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Joins Other Attorneys General to Call for Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

 

“Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is critical to continuing efforts to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence in Wisconsin and across our nation,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.

 

MADISON — Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen joined 52 other Attorneys General in calling for the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and to ensure that vital programs working to keep women and families safe from violence and abuse continue uninterrupted. Read the letter to Congress.

 

“Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is critical to continuing efforts to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence in Wisconsin and across our nation,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. “I urge Congress to continue its commitment to reducing domestic violence, protecting women from sexual assault and securing justice for victims by supporting reauthorization of this important legislation.”

 

In their letter to members of Congress, the Attorneys General note that since the initial passage of VAWA in 1994, the national response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking has been transformed. Crimes that used to be considered private, family matters to be dealt with behind closed doors have been brought out of the darkness.

 

Citing the need to maintain services to victims and families on the local, state, and federal levels, the Attorneys General urged Congress to reauthorize VAWA for the first time since 2006. They note that reauthorization would not only allow existing programs to continue uninterrupted but would also provide for the development of new initiatives aimed at key areas most in need of intervention.

 

Attorney General Van Hollen has also contacted members of Wisconsin's Congressional delegation to urge reauthorization of VAWA. Copies of his letters to Senator Herb Kohl, a co-sponsor of the legislation to reauthorize VAWA, Senator Ron Johnson, and Wisconsin's congressional representatives, are available at the following link: