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Matheson Votes to Support Programs Preventing Violence Against Women

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Jim Matheson voted today in favor of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.  Throughout his career, Matheson has been a supporter of this bipartisan initiative.  The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 286-138.  This legislation has already been approved by the U.S. Senate and will now be considered for approval by the President.

Specifically, this bill renews federal support for grants that fund state and local programs that help victims of domestic violence.  These programs include those that provide housing assistance, child protection, and legal support to victims, as well as support law enforcement agencies in their efforts to combat crimes of sexual assault, domestic abuse, dating violence, and stalking. 

“I have always been an advocate for the programs that offer help and support to victims of domestic abuse.  Since it was first passed in 1994, I believe a lot of progress has been made by local advocates and law enforcement who work together to prosecute the perpetrators and aid the victims,” said Matheson.

Matheson said the bill reflects a strong funding commitment to empower local officials to assist with investigating and prosecuting the criminals, as well as with legal assistance, housing and public safety for the victims and those at risk.

Matheson noted there has long been overwhelming commitment for the measure and he is pleased there has finally been collaboration to pass this legislation with bipartisan, bicameral support.