Kaptur Co-Sponsors Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

March 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, joined fellow Members of Congress in co-sponsoring H.R. 1585, a bipartisan, robust, long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse, and working to ensure all victims and survivors have access to essential services and justice. This critical reauthorization will safeguard and further build upon these life-saving protections for women throughout Ohio and across the country.


“Taking a stand to end domestic violence and sexual assault is not a partisan or political issue – it is our duty,” said Rep. Kaptur. “It is outrageous that 1 in 3 women in our country still experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This bipartisan, commonsense reauthorization will ensure Congress upholds its sacred obligation to protect all Americans from violence, whether it be at home, work, school or anywhere else in our society, while ensuring millions of survivors have the resources they deserve to pursue justice and rebuild their lives. It’s a privilege to join my colleagues in co-sponsoring this vital reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and I urge my colleagues to work across party lines to pass this legislation without delay.”


This reauthorization fulfills Congress’s responsibility to protect all Americans by reaffirming protections, as well as including vital improvements to address gaps in current law that have been identified by victims, survivors and advocates. This bipartisan bill:


  • Improves the services available for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking;
  • Expands the housing protections and financial assistance available for victims and survivors;
  • Improves protections for Native women, including by reaffirming tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
  • Expands firearms laws to prohibit persons convicted of dating violence, misdemeanor stalking, or subject to protective orders from possessing firearms; and, 
  • Invests in tools and resources for law enforcement and evidence-based prevention programs that make our communities safer.