Cicilline Remarks on Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today in support of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark 1994 law that Republicans allowed to expire two years ago.

A video of Cicilline’s speech can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded below.

David N. Cicilline
Violence Against Women Act
March 17, 2021
Remarks As Delivered

Madam Speaker,

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, once again, the vital importance of the Violence Against Women Act.

With the nation under stay-at-home orders, many women were unable to escape their abusers or find help in their communities.

Thanks to VAWA, organizations like the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence were able to meet women where they are, despite these obstacles.

In 2020, VAWA grants helped the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence assist over 9,000 survivors of domestic violence and answer over 17,000 helpline calls – nearly a 12% increase from 2019.

During the pandemic, through VAWA programs, Rhode Islanders have found transitional housing, received counseling services, and obtained assistance with seeking restraining orders.

This Violence Against Women Act, grants, and the programs can really be the difference between life or death.

Vote yes for H.R. 1620, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021.

I yield back.

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