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Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

Congressman Dave Loebsack -- CROPPEDU.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack
Iowa’s Second Congressional District

 

This October, we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month and reaffirm our dedication to strengthening domestic violence prevention initiatives and supporting domestic violence survivors.  As a father, I strongly believe that no one ever should have to face abuse or sexual violence at home.

I have visited many domestic violence shelters in Iowa and I know firsthand that with the right support they can save lives.  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first enacted in 1994 and strives to increase awareness, support prevention efforts and improve services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Last Congress, I championed bipartisan legislation to reauthorize VAWA, and this year, I urged the Appropriations Committee to maintain funding for programs serving domestic violence victims.

As we all know, legislation alone cannot solve the persistent problem of domestic violence.  If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of domestic violence, I encourage you to seek help immediately or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE for guidance.