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Domestic Violence Advocates Disappointed with Congress Decision

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Advocates for victims of domestic violence across the country are disappointed the law that provides critical funding for domestic violence programs ended without re-instating it.

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her life and three million children will witness it.

Tonya Avery, executive director at the End Violent Encounters (EVE) in Lansing says violence in the home begets violence.

"Our prisons are filled with children who grew up in violent homes," said Avery.

She says since enacted in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has shined a light on the unique nature of domestic abuse.

"A domestic violence victim is unlike any other victim. They are intimately involved with the perpetrator of their crime," said Avery.

Last month, female lawmakers in Washington came together in support of reauthorizing the bill.

"As we all know, voters clearly and decisively called for putting the protection of women before politics or ideaology," said Washington Senator Patty Murray.

Senator Debbie Stabenow says it's one of many things caught up in partisan politics in the House last year.

"For whatever reason, the House decided not to pass it and they have left millions, millions of women and children, without the support that they need to go to a safe place when there's violence in their families," said Senator Stabenow.

Avery and Senator Stabenow are hopeful democrats and republicans in the new session of congress will revive the bill this year.

 

Programs currently funded through the Violence Against Women Act will continue to get funds through September 30th. For programs to continue beyond that, the Senate and the House must pass a new law.

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