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Klobuchar: Reauthorizing Violence Against Women Act is critical

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar called for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) at a Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, highlighting the critical role legislation has had in protecting women and children for 17 years. Klobuchar noted that Violence Against Women Act has been fundamental to efforts to prevent domestic violence and alleviate its impact in communities across the nation.

"As a former prosecutor, I saw firsthand how domestic violence and other abuses destroyed families and had a lifelong impact on victims," Klobuchar said. "The Violence Against Women Act is vital in making sure we can continue to work to keep women and children safe from domestic violence and sexual abuse."

At the hearing, Klobuchar heard from several witnesses, including representatives of victims services organizations about how important reauthorizing the legislation is to their work of helping victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

Earlier this year, Klobuchar introduced the Stalkers Act of 2011, which would strengthen and update federal anti-stalking laws to address the new technology predators are using to harass their victims. In addition, Klobuchar also introduced the Support for Survivors Act, which would assist victims of sexual trauma in the military by requiring the Department of Defense to ensure life-long storage of all documents connected with reports of sexual assaults and sexual harassment across all branches of the U.S. military.