Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Anti-Violence Act Merits Senate Action.(Editorial Page)


Since its passage in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act is said to have reduced by 21 percent the incidents of violence committed nationwide against women and children by spouses and partners. That means one of every five victims of violence received some form of lifeline that protected her (or him, the act does not discriminate) from attack.

A bill that would reauthorize the act for another five years passed the House 415-3 on Tuesday. It's time for the Senate to act toward renewal of the act, which expires today.

The House action authorized $3.6 billion to continue such programs as law enforcement and judicial training, grants for domestic violence shelters, child abuse prevention programs and domestic violence hot lines. …

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