Email update: 22nd Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
I sent an email update on Tuesday in recognition of the 22nd anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act becoming law. Join my email updates now so you don't miss any in the future!
No woman or family should ever have to live in fear or endure abuse. However, far too many women and families still endure this heartbreaking reality.
Every day, mothers, fathers, and children come home from work or school, but some live in terror that they may be physically or otherwise abused. In fact, more than one out of every five women in our country has suffered from severe physical violence from an intimate partner at one point in their lives.1
As a doctor, I’ve seen the physical and emotional trauma of domestic and sexual violence firsthand. This is completely unacceptable to me as a father of a daughter, as a husband, and as a son.
Twenty two years ago today, our nation confronted this issue with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. In one of my first acts as your Congressman, I was proud to vote for a bipartisan reauthorization of this law to build on its progress and to protect more women.
We need to make sure that every woman and family can get the help they need. Please click here to learn more about how I’m Standing Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
The Violence Against Women Act gives medical professionals and police resources to prevent violence and to go after abusers. This includes addressing a backlog of untested DNA rape kits, improved evidence tracking for sexual assault cases, and emergency housing for victims.
The Violence Against Women Act positively impacted women across the country. But there’s no question that we still have a long way to go.
Alarmingly, some still blame the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, instead of offering support to women and families who need it as we prosecute the abusers. As a community, we should stand with women and families who want to rebuild their lives.
That’s why, just last week, I was proud to support the bipartisan Survivors' Bill of Rights Act to protect the survivors of sexual assault.
This bill will help ensure every rape kit is processed so we can capture the perpetrators of sexual assault and pursue justice.
Domestic and sexual violence cannot be tolerated. Anyone in an abusive situation should be able to get the help they need.
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline to get assistance. You may call them at 1-800-799-7233 to get help.
Please click here to learn more about how I’m Standing Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
It’s an honor and privilege to work for you. Please always feel free to contact me to share your thoughts or to ask a question.
Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress
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1) Footnote: Center for Disease Control and Prevention Report: Intimate Partner Violence Surveillance: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/intimatepartnerviolence.pdf