VIDEO: Statement From Congressman Horsford On Reauthorization Of Violence Against Women Act

April 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Horsford (NV-04) released the followings statement following House passage of legislation he-co-sponsored to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

“Every 16 hours, a woman in this country is shot and killed by a current or former partner. This country has an epidemic of violence against women,” said Congressman Horsford. “This reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will provide crucial resources to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. It will invest in education programs that teach young men to stop the cycle of violence. It will provide tribes with new mechanisms to hold non-Indian predators accountable for preying on Native women. And it will close the ‘boyfriend loophole’ that allows physically abusive ex-boyfriends and convicted stalkers access to guns. I’m proud to co-sponsor this lifesaving legislation. And I will continue working to eliminate violence against women.”

The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse, and working to ensure survivors had access to essential services and to justice.  Every time Congress has reauthorized VAWA, they have strengthened it to improve protections and access to safety and justice for all survivors.  

This reauthorization fulfills Congress’s responsibility to protect all Americans by reaffirming protections for every woman: improving the services available for victims and survivors, empowering law enforcement to protect their communities, helping stop abusers and stalkers from obtaining firearms, expanding housing protections and protections against discrimination in the workplace, and strengthening protections for Native American women – because every woman, everywhere has the right to live free from abuse.

On Thursday, Congressman Horsford took to the House Floor to urge his colleagues to vote to reauthorize VAWA: