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From the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Four promising bills related to enhanced services for victims of domestic violence and their children have been introduced this spring in the 110th Congress.  They focus on services for victims in the areas of economic security and sufficiency, legal representation, and violence against children. Be sure to check out the exciting provisions in each bill.

Economic Security
The Survivors' Empowerment and Economic Security Act (S.1136) introduced by Senator Murray (D-WA) and the Security and Financial Empowerment Act (H.R. 2395) introduced by Representative Roybal-Allard (CA-34) contain important provisions that would promote the economic security and safety of victims. They would create a federal standard which would replace the current uneven (and often insufficient) protections currently in place in state laws.

Legal Services
The National Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Act (S.1515) was introduced by Senator Biden (D-DE). This bill would establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network to represent domestic violence victims in needs of legal services. This bill would help to fill the critical need for many victims who are without affordable and appropriate representation as they navigate the court system.

Violence Against Children
The Violence Against Children Act (S.1296) was introduced by Senator Boxer (D-CA). This Act would provide a more comprehensive approach to ending violent crimes against children, including tougher Federal penalties, assistance for child victims, and support for law enforcement.

We encourage you to read more about these pending initiatives, and to contact your Members of Congress to co-sponsor these exciting bills!

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