Ayotte Applauds Passage of Violence Against Women Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today applauded House passage of bipartisan legislation she helped introduce that reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) - the landmark law aimed at preventing domestic and sexual violence and helping victims. The law encourages collaboration among law enforcement, judicial personnel, and public and private service providers. The bill now goes to the president to be signed into law.
"As a former prosecutor who has worked with victims of domestic and sexual violence, I've seen firsthand the impact VAWA programs have in New Hampshire," said Senator Ayotte, who served as New Hampshire's Attorney General from 2004 to 2009. "Renewing this important legislation will help ensure that victim advocates and law enforcement have the right training to address and prevent these types of crimes."
First enacted in 1994, VAWA was renewed with bipartisan support in 2000 and 2005. With a focus on working closely with local government programs, the law helps support enforcement efforts as well as educational and social programs to prevent violence.
During her time as New Hampshire's Attorney General, Ayotte chaired the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.