Sentor Dianne Feinstein 3/21/12 Letter

Dear Mrs. Mohr:

I received your letter and want to thank you for writing about the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011” (S. 1925). I am a strong proponent of this legislation and am pleased to know that you support it as well.

On March 15th, I went to the floor of the Senate to call on my colleagues to stop obstructing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Video of those remarks is available on my website at

Like you, I believe that domestic abuse is a reprehensible problem. It impacts one in four American women over their lifetimes, and more than 15 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year. During my time in the Senate, I have made it a priority to reduce domestic violence in the United States. I worked hard to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which President Clinton signed into law on September 13, 1994 (Public Law 103-322). VAWA is the most comprehensive bill Congress has ever passed on this issue. It authorizes many important programs to prevent violence against women, and provides funding for law enforcement and prosecution, battered women’s shelters and services, and the national violence hotline.

On November 30, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 to continue our fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. You will be pleased to know that on February 2, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, approved the bill with my support. Having been reported favorably out of the Senate Judiciary committee, the bill now awaits consideration by the full Senate.

I strongly believe that every effort should be made to reduce domestic violence by protecting victims’ rights and raising awareness of this issue. Please know that I am committed to working towards this goal in the future.

Once again, thank you for sharing your letter. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841, or visit my website at


Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator


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