U.S. Senate Passes Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence
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U.S. Senate Passes Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence

Washington : DC : USA | Apr 27, 2012 at 12:51 AM PDT
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Democrats in U.S. Senate are urging legislators in the Republican-led House to quickly pass legislation reauthorizing aid to victims of familial/domestic violence.

Fifteen members Senate Republicans team joined heads with Democrats yesterday to pass a renaissance of the 1994 Violence against Women Act and approves $660 million in the course of 2016 for domestic violence shield and police training.

Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, remarked in a statement. “Today’s strong bipartisan vote will give law enforcement agencies the apparatus they need to act against and convict the perpetrators of these wicked crimes, and will help out victims to get the protection and support they need,” And said, “I urge my colleagues in the House to quickly approve the Senate’s bipartisan bill.”

House Republicans yesterday said they may vote as soon as the week of May 14 on their description of a measure to reauthorize the law. Congressional Republicans have been trying to blunt Democrats’ criticism that the party is hostile toward women.

Mitch McConnell, leader Senate Minority, a Kentucky Republican, told the media before the vote that “It has been the aim and the desire of Senate Republicans to pass the Violence against Women Act without procedural obstructions”.

Popularity among the Women Voters:

Democrats say they expect their support for the said bill will boost the party’s support among women voters.

A Quinnipiac University national poll conducted April 11-17 establishes that President Barack Obama embraces a 10-per cent advantage among women in the poll. He was backed by 49 per cent compared with 39 per cent for Romney.

Obama trails barely with men, with 43 per cent supporting him compared with Romney’s 46 per cent.

The funding certified under the Senate bill is less than the $682.5 million in the former law, which expired on Sept. 30. First endorsed as part of a broader violent-crime control bill, whereas, the Violence against Women Act was reauthorized in 2000 and 2005.

The House’s legislation follows very much with an alternative put forth by Senate Republicans that would have a clear language in the Senate bill increasing the number of visas accessible to domestic violence victims.

Great Victory for Women:

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a conference “This is a great victory for women” and that “We were pleased to get a number of Republican votes in the end, and this is all set to move. It’s now the House’s turn, and I’m very hopeful we will be able to get it done.”

Valerie Jarrett, senior guru to Obama, said yesterday in a conference call with journalists that the White House robustly supports the Senate initiative because it provides services to victims and “improves the prosecution of these heinous crimes,”

Domestic Violence statistics (America):

1. Incidents of domestic violence have dropped by more than 50 per cent since the law was enacted in 1994. Even though, one in every three women in the U.S. has been victim to domestic violence, experience rape, physical violence etc. (Sexual Violence Survey).

2. The survey found that more than 12 million individuals experienced domestic violence in the one-year period, and, while women are excessively affected by domestic violence, men also are victims.

The Current Impasse:

The White House opposed the alternative measures proposed by Republican Senators Charles Grassley of Iowa and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Jarrett said.

“We believe it takes us backwards,” she said. She said the Republican measure would discourage local police departments from arresting domestic violence offenders, delete provisions for aiding gay men, lesbians and trans-gender people and weaken proposals to confront high rates of violence on college campuses.

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