CONGRESSWOMAN RICHARDSON PRAISES VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT ON ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY
Recently, Congresswoman Laura Richardson hailed the importance of the Violence Against Women Act on its 15th anniversary and what it has meant for America's women.
"The Violence Against Women Act is a program that I am proud to support," said Congresswoman Richardson. "Fifteen years ago this Sunday, September 13, Congress passed and President Clinton signed this Act into law. This landmark legislation has been instrumental in making America's women more safe and secure and providing the victims of violence the services they need."
"Given the critical importance of the Act, I am particularly pleased that we have been able to secure for California almost $14 million in program funding under the Recovery Act," said Congresswoman Richardson. "The funds, for rape crisis centers, domestic violence centers, and other vital programs, have become particularly critical now while state and local governments are experiencing budget crises."
The Act strengthened the nation's response to the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This law brings together victim advocates, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and the judiciary in a coordinated response to end violence against women. It has enhanced awareness and understanding about the specialized needs of victims and recognition that education and training that are necessary to effectively handle domestic violence.
"While much has been accomplished in the last 15 years, the number of incidents of violence against women remains much too high," Congresswoman Richardson said. "On this anniversary, we must all rededicate ourselves to better protecting America's women from violence and to supporting survivors."