(Round Rock, TX) – On Friday, Congressman John Carter (TX-31) and over 100 House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging reauthorization and additional funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the next Coronavirus response package.
“There is a lot of fear and uncertainty amongst Americans right now, and for the victims of domestic violence, there is even more fear because of these stay-at-home orders,” Representative Carter said. “There are already reports detailing the rise of domestic violence since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, so it’s extremely important that resources and funding are available to protect those at risk. As Congress continues to work on Coronavirus response efforts, I encourage House and Senate leadership to include measures to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and include funding to keep crucial programs running to support victims of domestic violence. As we work to provide for our health care professionals, small businesses and American families to end this pandemic, we must remember to protect those who are not safe in their own homes and give them resources to safely shelter-in-place.”