WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Originally passed 19 years ago, VAWA gave law enforcement officials and communities the resources they need to help prevent domestic abuse and keep women and families safe. Since VAWA was passed in 1994, there has been a 64% reduction in domestic violence.
“Fighting for the people of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District 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 women and families safe. That’s why I was proud to vote today to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act.”