(TOPEKA, Kan.) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined with attorneys general from 46 other states in asking Congress to reauthorize federal programs directed at keeping women and families safe from domestic violence.
Schmidt says, "Tragically, domestic violence rates in Kansas remain high.Continuing these programs with our federal partners is important in educating the public, reducing domestic violence rates and improving the response from law enforcement and victim service organizations."
The law, known as the Violence Against Women Act or VAWA, was first passed in 1994. The law was last reauthorized in 2006.
In their letter of support, the attorneys general stated that while rates of domestic violence have dropped by more than 50 percent in the past 17 years, the issues addressed by VAWA are still very much at the forefront of the crime fight.
Tragically, three women are killed each day in the United States by abusive husbands or partners, and for every victim who loses her life, nine more narrowly escape.
The attorneys general also noted the progress that has resulted from strong federal support, but further improvement is needed.
Reauthorizing VAWA, the Attorneys General said, will enable work to continue and build on the lessons learned to keep women and families safe.