Rep. Susan Davis Calls for Continued and Strong Response to End Domestic Violence

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Washington, DC, October 31, 2014 | comments

As the nation recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) urged a stronger response to putting an end to domestic violence.

“Recent incidences have shown that there is still a lot of work to be done to stop domestic violence,” said Rep. Davis. “We have policies in place, such as the Violence Against Women Act, that provide a resource for survivors, prosecute domestic violence crimes and work to prevent acts of violence.  While these programs have made a difference it’s critical that they continue to be effective.”

Davis is an original cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 11) to strengthen the abilities of the federal government, states, law enforcement, and service providers to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

In 2012, Davis fought against efforts by the House majority to weaken VAWA. Supporters of full reauthorization prevailed in March 2013 when Congress sent the Senate version of H.R. 11 to President Obama for his signature. The latest reauthorization of VAWA strengthens protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Native American women and undocumented immigrants.

As campus sexual assault is on the rise, Davis recently introduced the Survivor Outreach and Support (S.O.S.) Campus Act to establish an independent victims advocate on campus.

The American Association of University Women recently hosted a panel discussion on ways to prevent campus sexual assault.  Davis participated in the discussion that included student advocates from San Diego State University where the roundtable was held.

In her role as Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Davis has been instrumental in establishing new policies to combat sexual assault in the military. 

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