Congressman Kim Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

April 4, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Kim Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act


WASHINGTON, DC – The following is a statement from Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) on the passage of H.R. 1585, a bill that reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act. 


“The Violence Against Women Act isn’t just a bill, it’s a lifeline for women across our country. The programs it has created and funded have helped millions, and by strengthening the protections and provisions in this bill, it will help millions more. I’m proud to co-sponsor this bill and proud to vote to pass it.”


The Violence Against Women Act was originally passed in 1994 and requires a regular reauthorization by the U.S. Congress. The bill helps to foster programs that focus on the prevention of domestic violence and care for domestic violence victims.


H.R. 1585 makes improvements to previous versions of the Violence Against Women Act, including:

  • Increasing funding for the Rape Prevention & Education Program to meet increases in demand of services.
  • Providing law enforcement officials enhanced tools to combat domestic violence.
  • Improving housing protections and financial assistance for survivors of abuse.
  • Improving health care programs for survivors of abuse.