Sheila Jackson Lee Pushes to Renew Violence Against Women Act
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) announced Monday that she would push for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which seeks to protect women, educate communities and enhance the tools that law enforcement can utilize to safeguard against the violence, abuse, and sexual harassment of women. The bill was last renewed in 2013 after a long battle over extending the law's protections to same-sex couples. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women will be the victim of severe domestic violence; one in seven have been stalked by their partner; one in five will be raped; and almost 20% of domestic violence includes a weapon. "Since its initial enactment a quarter-century ago, this critical law—through policy reforms, interstate cooperation and grant allocation—has been pivotal in providing a national response to protecting half of the population," Jackson Lee's office wrote in a statement. "Equally important, it has ushered in a seismic transformation on how society perceives violence against women. This progress cannot be allowed to stop." More here.