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Hoyer Discusses the Importance of Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act

UPPER MARLBORO, MD - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) visited the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center this afternoon in Upper Marlboro to discuss the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and learn more about the resources available to victims, survivors, and those at risk of domestic violence in Maryland. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize VAWA for five years. 

"I join in thanking the many individuals throughout the Fifth District who advocate for and support victims of domestic abuse on a daily basis," said Congressman Hoyer. "Because of the Violence Against Women Act, communities throughout Maryland have access to grant funding to assist victims and train professionals to better advocate for individuals in need. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with advocates today and learn more about the work they do."

"I was proud to be an original cosponsor of VAWA when it was introduced in 1994 and bring a bill to reauthorize VAWA to the Floor earlier this year," continued Congressman Hoyer. "It's critical that the Senate passes the reauthorization legislation to improve economic assistance and security for survivors of domestic abuse and expand existing grants that make our communities safer. I appreciated today's discussion, and I will continue to work in Congress to advocate for women and families throughout the Fifth District."