Congressman Costa Continues Fight For Victim's Rights

Apr 12, 2019
Press Release
Congressman Jim Costa, co-founder of the Victim’s Rights Caucus, continues his fight for women and victims of domestic violence by voting for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA)

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-16), co-founder of the Victim’s Rights Caucus, continues his fight for women and victims of domestic violence by voting for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA). The landmark 1994 legislation provided protections to all American’s affected from violence and abuse and provided survivors essential services, which are now in jeopardy of being cut.

“We cannot roll back protections for victims of domestic and sexual assault. That’s why I voted for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. We must ensure that survivors continue to get the help they need and are entitled to,” Costa said.

VAWA also extends transitional housing grant opportunities to organizations that provide shelter and support to victims of violence and assault, which will have a big impact right here in the Central Valley.

“I am pleased that VAWA has been reauthorized. Marjaree Mason Center continues to experience exponential growth of individuals in our community navigating the trauma of domestic violence, said Nicole Linder, Executive Director of the Marjaree Mason Center. “Our safe houses consistently remain at or above capacity and additional accommodations for families fleeing domestic violence are continually and desperately needed. VAWA legislation improves the criminal justice and community response to domestic violence to assist us in meeting the immediate needs of those in Fresno County while also increasing our reach and impact in domestic violence prevention through education and advocacy.”

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 also does the following:

  • Improves services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Provides for an enhanced penalty, of up to five years in prison, for persons convicted of stalking in which the victim is someone under the age of 18. 
  • Extends the Rape and Prevention Education grant program and expands training for school-based and campus health centers.
  • Preserves programs for communities of color and enhances protections for Native American Women.

Congressman Costa is working to support all victims of violence, including children. He is leading an effort to working to protect the Crime Victim’s Fund and was the lead Democrat in the House of Representatives’ for last year’s reauthorization of the Victim of Child Abuse Act.