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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Hails Bipartisan, Long-Term Reauthorization Of The Violence Against Women Act With Two New Provisions He Authored

April 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Krishnamoorthi joined his colleagues in voting to pass a bipartisan long-term reauthorization of  the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA provides crucial services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The law had  expired on February 15, 2019 after multiple temporary extensions. Today’s new version of the law includes two amendments authored by Congressman Krishnamoorthi which provides survivors of domestic violence with support services in the workplace while opening new paths toward their economic security. His amendments include (1) launching a public information campaign to research and share best practices of employee assistance programs that strengthen supportive services for survivors in the workforce, and (2) ensuring that the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor analyze and report on the barriers survivors face on the path of upward mobility.

“Today’s House passage of an updated, long-term Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization will protect Americans from violence and abuse, while working to ensure survivors have access to essential support,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “I’m glad my colleagues unanimously voted to approve both my amendments to the bill to strengthen workplace protections and services for survivors, and to ensure our federal agencies are studying barriers that survivors face on the path to joining and staying in the middle class.”