Illinois Democrats call for re-authorization of Violence Against Women Act

Illinois Democrats call for re-authorization of Violence Against Women Act. (File)

Michael Madigan, chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, released a statement Monday in support of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

“Today, we see relentless threats to women. With Donald Trump in the White House, women are constantly targeted as part of his agenda. As we saw with his recent Supreme Court nominee, women’s rights will remain under threat for years to come, making legislation like the Violence Against Women Act even more important," Madigan said.

“Illinois Democrats stand united in support of the critical effort by Congressional Democrats to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and ensure that federal safeguards exist for all who face domestic and sexual violence. Allowing this legislation to expire would constitute a moral travesty."

The legislation was first written by Joe Biden and was passed 24 years ago by Congress.

Madigan said he believes there is still more work to be done.

“Here in Illinois, we are committed to responsibly and boldly addressing the crisis of violence against women. Domestic and sexual violence harms our communities, our families and our state," Madigan said.

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