AG Hawley Urges Congress to Support Funding Under Violence Against Women Act

Sep 17, 2018, 12:03 PM
Sep 17, 2018, 12:02 PM

Jefferson City, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Hawley today joined 55 state and territory attorneys general urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) before it expires this year.

The attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees emphasizing the importance of VAWA and the necessary tools it makes available to female survivors of violence.

Under VAWA, originally passed in 1994, over $6 billion in grant funding has been awarded to government and nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants have funded training and assistance to address and reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The grants have also funded resources and services to assist survivors, prosecute offenders and facilitate partnerships between prosecutors, judges, advocates, community organizations and health care providers.

In their letter, the attorneys general emphasized the importance of VAWA to reducing the rate of sexual violence toward women and addressing the devastating effects of these crimes. They urged Congress to continue funding for programs that have helped millions of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

“Congress must reauthorize this important legislation,” Hawley said. “As the chief law enforcement officer in the state of Missouri, supporting the survivors of violent crime is as important as prosecuting those who commit the crimes. The resources VAWA makes available to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking cannot be allowed to lapse.”

A copy of the letter is available here​.