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Upton Votes to Support and Rehabilitate Survivors of Domestic Violence and Their Families

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, voted for and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act by a vote of 228 to 200. This legislation would provide federal grants to states and local communities to help prevent domestic violence and establish numerous support services for survivors as well as teenagers and children exposed to domestic and dating violence.

More specifically, this bill would authorize three major initiatives, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline; domestic violence shelters, victim services, and program support; and the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) program. Funding for these programs would be administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and distributed accordingly.

“Violence of any kind can never be tolerated in our country,” said Rep. Upton. “Each year, more than 10 million men and women suffer from domestic violence – not counting the many cases that still go unreported. The bottom line is that one incident of violence and abuse is one too many, and this bipartisan legislation would really go a long way to provide the necessary support and resources for the most vulnerable among us, particularly the millions of young folks who experience domestic violence firsthand.”

Earlier this year, Upton voted for and the U.S. House passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2021. VAWA plays a critical role in combating domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other terrible, related crimes. Upton voted for the original VAWA in 1994 and its every reauthorization thereafter.

The full legislative text can be found HERE.

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