|September 17, 2018
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi along with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are co-sponsoring a letter signed by every attorney general in the United States and U.S. Territories urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The letter sent today to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees asks lawmakers to vote to reauthorize VAWA before funding expires later this year.
“Battling domestic violence has been a major focus of mine while serving Florida,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Women need all the support possible to cope and rebuild their lives following these horrific acts. I am proud to cosign this letter with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and all of my counterparts throughout the country.”
Government and nonprofit organizations across the country received more than six billion dollars in grant funding since VAWA originally passed in 1994. The grants fund training and assistance to address and reduce dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The grants also help create resources and services to assist survivors, prosecute offenders and facilitate partnerships between advocates, community organizers, health care providers, judges and prosecutors.
In the letter, the attorneys general emphasize the importance of VAWA in reducing the rate of sexual violence toward women and addressing the devastating effects of these crimes. The attorneys general urge Congress to continue funding for programs that help millions of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in Florida and nationwide. The letter takes no position on any particular legislation.
To view the letter, click here.