Today in New Castle County, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, hosted a roundtable discussion, highlighting the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, which is currently awaiting Senate consideration.
The discussion took place at the New Castle County Department of Public Safety. A dozen representatives from state and local law enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations attended the discussion, which outlined measures for preventing domestic violence.
Senators Coons is one of 50 co-sponsors of legislation to reauthorize the Act, which Coons says is under threat from some Senate Republicans who oppose the current measure.
VAWA was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, and was reauthorized in 2000 and 2005. The current authorization expired in Sep. 2011.
Congress revisits VAWA every five years to update the law and address current needs to combat domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking more effectively, by providing law enforcement agencies, court personnel, and victim-service providers with training.