By Congressman Chris Smith
For 22 years, the Violence Against Women Act has been one of our nation’s most impactful laws. Aided by $6 billion in federal VAWA funding, millions of women have received emergency assistance during a crisis and support that has helped break the cycle of violence.
As the first comprehensive legislative package to address the epidemic of domestic violence, VAWA changed the attention to and conversation surrounding how we as a nation can better support victims of abuse and help families in need of a safe space. The law, which I supported at the outset and consistently since, invested significant resources to help prevent domestic abuse, assist the women and children who fall victim to it, and improve the judicial system’s response.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: Congressman Chris Smith, Domestic Violence, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence, OpEd, VAWA, Violence Against Women Act | Comments Off on The Fight to End Domestic Violence Against Women