Yee Introduces Resolution Calling on Congress to Renew Violence Against Women Act

January 09, 2013

Congress has failed to reauthorize critical federal law to protect women and families
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced Senate Resolution 8 to call on Congress to reauthorize the landmark federal domestic violence law known as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

While VAWA was first enacted in 1994 and has been continuously reauthorize, the law expired without reauthorizing earlier this month.

VAWA had provided federal dollars to state and local governments for victim services, nonprofit support, emergency shelters, counseling and legal assistance.

“Congress’ failure to renew VAWA is deplorable as it has left millions of women without the critical services they need to be safe from domestic violence,” said Yee. “Through SR 8, I am hopeful that we can send a very clear, bipartisan message to Washington that VAWA needs to be immediately reauthorized. VAWA has helped to bring the issue of domestic violence out of the darkness, and has provided women and families, as well as law enforcement, with the tools they need to combat and survive these horrific crimes.”

“We thank Senator Yee for his life-saving leadership,” said Beverly Upton, Executive Director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium. “Pass VAWA now!"

Senator Yee has long advocated for laws to combat domestic violence. SB 1403 (2012) and SB 782 (2010) protects victims of domestic violence and elder abuse from unfair evictions. SB 3x13 (2009) saved state funding for domestic violence shelters. SB 1356 (2008) protects survivors of domestic violence from incarceration for refusing to testify in court.

SCR 73 (2012) encouraged schools to provide child sexual abuse education, SJR 24 (2010) encouraged passage of the International Violence Against Women Act, and ACR 106 declared the White Ribbon Campaign in California to encourage men to speak out against violence against women.

This session, Yee is also authoring legislation to close major loopholes in California’s assault weapon ban.
For his work in violence prevention, Yee was recognized as the 2009 Legislator the Year by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV).
If you are a victim of domestic violence or if you want to report an incident of domestic violence, call the 24-hour-a-day toll-free National Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TDD) or the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence at 1-800-524-4765.

Contact: Adam J. Keigwin,
(916) 651-4008