Congress votes to re-authorize Violence Against Women Act

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, Reauthorization Act of 2022, led by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is heading to the President to be signed into law.

    The bipartisan legislation, which was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, reauthorizes VAWA through 2027, preserves advancements in previous reauthorizations, and strengthens and modernizes the almost 30-year-old law.

     A release from Sen. Murkowski's office said VAWAs reauthorization expands prevention efforts, supports and protects survivors, and holds perpetrators accountable for their violent actions.

    It provides for increased resources for law enforcement and our judicial systems, including in Native communities, while improving access to essential support services such as healthcare and safe housing for victims.  

    “Our goal with VAWA is to ensure that women are safe and that every victim has a path to justice. I’m proud that our legislation—which we crafted on a strong bipartisan basis—will soon become federal law. Due to the work of countless advocates and survivors, I’m confident it will improve lives and increase safety for women across the country,” Senator Murkowski said. “In 2020, more than half of the women surveyed in Alaska had experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in their lifetime. We know we have to address the ongoing crisis of violence—and now, the necessary resources are on the way to create safer communities for all women.”

    A section-by-section of the bill is available here.

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