Romney’s Silence on Violence Against Women Act -VAWA
New figures on domestic violence indicate 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. The cost of that abuse is estimated to be 8 billion dollars in healthcare costs to taxpayers.
Last year in 2011, Democrat Representative Louise Slaughter re-introduced the Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act (HR 1578) to fund training for healthcare providers to recognize and help prevent domestic violence.
New Figures on Domestic Violence:
New 2011 data from the Society of General Internal Medicine show disturbing statistics that violence with women’s partners only 27% were identified as a domestic violence case.
Twenty nine percent of the women actually died at the hands of their intimate partners whether boyfriends, former boyfriends, husbands, or live in relationships.
Since the passage of VAWA domestic violence cases are lower and approximately one million women have come forth to use the justice system to protect themselves and their families.
The problem Mitt Romney has about women, is that he does not support programs, laws or portrays an image he even cares that women are in need of assistance although he supports his wife’s work.
Over 19 years ago, the World Conference on Human Rights announced the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women that year was 1993.
The Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994 in the United States, and 2005 that applies to all domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking of women. The victims are able to use services that enhance the justice civil and criminal responses to domestic violence and violence against women in general and includes children and teenagers. Many states have already passed 600 laws to fight violence against women including passing laws that makes stalking a crime. States have also changed laws that include spousal rape that was once viewed as a lessor crime in the USA.
From Think Progress:
“Mitt Romney has not pubic any statements on this Act which is being delayed by Republicans and he has shrugged off making any comments on this Act.
During an “Ask Mitt Anything” forum at the Derry-Salem Elks Club here, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney demurred when an audience member asked him whether he would hold up reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on the grounds that it kept men from visiting their children.”
“I’m not familiar with the Act,” Romney replied.
The non-response has been par for the course for Mitt Romney, who has done very few speeches in regards to fairness for equal pay for women and has announced he would cut Planned Parenthood funding which alienates him even further in the eyes of women voters.
Romney claims his wife says women are more concerned with the economy but that is their response for all questions and from a pool of well heeled conservative women.
Republicans have stalled on federal funding for protecting women against domestic violence as with other bills to cut funding on Planned Parenthood, and put limits on abortion funding.
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