Senate votes to reauthorize VAWA

On Thursday April 26, 2012 the U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a vote of 68 to 31. Both of New Hampshire's Senators voted for the bill. The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is grateful to Senator Shaheen for speaking in favor of VAWA on the Senate floor. In her remarks she referenced the great work being done at Bridges Domestic and Sexual Violence in Nashua, and the Strafford County Family Justice Center. It is truly an honor having such a champion for the violence against women movement in Washington. Click here to listen to her remarks.

Below is a statement from the National Network to End Domestic Violence

"Today, we are one step closer to a victory for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking," said Sue Else, president of NNEDV. "I want to thank our champions in the Senate including Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Crapo (R-ID), a broad cohort of bipartisan supporters, cosponsors and the 68 Senators who voted for the bill, S. 1925. I also want to thank Vice President Biden for his longstanding and vocal advocacy for this lifesaving legislation, which he first penned nearly twenty years ago.

“On behalf of statewide coalitions, victim advocates and millions of survivors and their children, thank you for taking this crucial step forward. We very much look forward to working with the House to ensure full passage as swiftly as possible."

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