WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Neal Dunn (Florida-02) released the following statement regarding the politicized Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 (H.R. 1620). The bill inserts radical policies based on gender that will hinder the fight against domestic violence and sexual abuse.
“House Democrats have made clear that their priority is not ensuring the safety of our wives, sisters, and daughters; their priority is pushing their radical agenda. I support reauthorizing programs and life-saving resources to help women fight back. However, I cannot support measures that put their wellbeing at risk.”
The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) passed the House 244 to 172. This bill reallocates resources away from combatting violent crimes, disregards the wellbeing of women by promoting unproven methods that could force a victim to confront her abuser, and prohibits religious organizations from running shelters and legal aid centers based on their conscience and sincerely held beliefs thus forcing centers to close.