Bustos Recognizes 20th Anniversary Of The Violence Against Women Act At Local Domestic Violence Centers

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) visited domestic violence centers in Peoria and Canton to recognize the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) being signed into law.

“Fighting for the people of our region is my top priority, and that starts with making sure our communities stay safe places to raise families,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “As a reporter who also happened to be a mother of three sons, I uncovered shocking stories of child abuse that made me realize the importance of giving law enforcement officials the resources they need to keep families safe.  That’s why the Violence Against Women Act is critically important to individuals and families across the country.”

While the law’s actual anniversary is Saturday, Bustos spent time Friday at the Center for the Prevention of Abuse in Peoria and the Fulton-Mason Crisis Service in Canton. While there, she toured the facilities and volunteered packing toiletry care packages for women entering the shelters.

VAWA was signed into law by President Clinton on September 13th, 1994. This landmark legislation created critical protections for victims of domestic violence and dramatically strengthened our nation’s criminal justice response to violence against women. Since this law passed, there has been a 64% reduction in domestic violence. 

Bustos voted to reauthorize and strengthen the VAWA last year and is committed to ensuring that no one, man or woman, should live in danger and fear of domestic violence.