Upton Votes To Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

The U.S. House voted on Thursday to approve the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, renewing the landmark 1994 law designed to help protect the survivors of domestic violence and to prevent the crime. Congressman Fred Upton voted in favor of the reauthorization this week, with the overall vote being 263 to 158. Upton tells us the act “plays a critical role in combating domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other terrible crimes,” adding that since it was first approved, “we’ve seen our nation’s response to these crimes improve and the rates of domestic abuse continue to decline.” The Violence Against Women Act provides support to survivors, including funding for shelters, legal resources, and counselling. Upton voted for the original act, and for every subsequent reauthorization.