Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Press Release

3 Years Later: Ron Johnson’s Vote Against the Violence Against Women Act is Remembered

In 2012 and 2013 Ron Johnson voted against the reauthorization of VAWA.

By - Mar 7th, 2016 05:10 pm

MADISON – Today, we celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has helped protect millions of women from abuse. Despite this success, in 2012 and 2013 Ron Johnson voted against the reauthorization of VAWA, which was voting against providing protection  and assistance programs to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Despite the bill having broad bipartisan support, with 78 members of the Senate voting in favor of reauthorization, Ron Johnson said Democrats turned VAWA “into a divisive and highly partisan bill.”

Since VAWA’s original passage in 1994, millions of women have been protected from abuse and there has been a 50% reduction in the national rates of abuse against women.

VAWA strengthens the criminal justice response to abuse against women including increased rates of prosecution, convictions and sentencing and ensuring that victims and their family members have access to appropriate response services through tools such as the creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. In addition, states have reformed their laws to deter violence against women.

“We have seen such a beneficial impact from the passage of the Violence Against Women Act,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said on Monday. “Women who have been abused deserve the protection that our government has traditionally offered under VAWA and it is sad that Senator Ron Johnson can’t see that. Luckily, but luckily we have representatives like Tammy Baldwin, Gwen Moore, and Ron Kind who helped pass this important legislation.”

Press Releases by Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Wisconsin To Donald Trump: Scott Walker Has No Place At The Department of Labor

During his tenure as Governor, Scott Walker has rammed destructive, anti-worker policies through the Republican-controlled legislature.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans Shrug Off National Security Risk

"Just three weeks into the Trump Presidency, major national security risks have reared their head..."

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Rep. Sean Duffy is Charleston, South Carolina’s Top Story

"Of course the people of Charleston are deeply offended by Rep. Sean Duffy's comments..."

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Rep. Sean Duffy: ‘Look at the good things that came from’ the Charleston Church Terrorist Attack

Rep. Sean Duffy has rebuffed Wisconsin values at every turn, but today he took his act to a new low.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Rep. Sean Duffy Emphatically Supports President Trump’s Cruel and Un-American Executive Order

Even as millions of Americans, including business leaders, express their displeasure with the law, Rep. Sean Duffy wasted no time jumping on President Trump's cruel and un-American bandwagon.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement On Federal Judge Ordering New Legislative District Maps

"This is an incredibly important ruling for the people of Wisconsin and our democracy."

See More Releases

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *