11.22.19

Senator David Perdue Takes Action To Bolster Protections For Survivors Of Domestic Violence & Assault

Introduces Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is taking action to bolster protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Senator joined U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) in introducing proposal to reauthorize and modernize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

“Violence of any kind, especially against women, is reprehensible,” said Senator Perdue. “I am proud to support this effort to combat domestic violence and better support survivors. For more than two decades, this initiative has made an impact in the lives of women who have gone through extreme trauma, and partisan politics should never stand in the way of its continuation. Senator Ernst has been a warrior in this effort, and I’m grateful for her leadership.”

“As a survivor and someone who worked at a victim’s shelter during my time in college, I have a clear understanding of how vital it is for survivors to have resources and support in what can be some of the darkest times of their lives,” said Senator Ernst. “Reauthorizing VAWA shouldn’t be a partisan issue – we should be putting the wellbeing of women and children of sexual and domestic violence first. That’s what this bill does; it’s a practical solution that focuses on survivors, not politics. Our bill will dramatically increase resources for survivors, punish abusers, and provide greater support for our rural communities in Iowa and across the country. I’m optimistic that my colleagues – Republican and Democrat – will join me in getting this vitally important bill signed into law.”

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019:

  • Increases the amount of resources available to victims
  • Holistically addresses female genital mutilation
  • Bolsters housing protections available to victims
  • Enhances criminal penalties for child sexual abuse
  • Empowers victims of revenge pornography
  • Closes the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole
  • Recognizes sex trafficking as a form of sexual assault

In addition to Perdue and Ernst, the bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Hoeven (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK).

Click here to view bill text.

###

 When Senator Perdue was elected, he was the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress. He is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.