Violence Against Women Veterans Act


Health Editor’s Note: With what has been going on with the newest appointee for the Supreme Court, this is definitely an area that needs to be pushed forward. Nydia Velasquez represents New York’s 7th Congressional district-Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens and is a ranking member, House Small Business Committee…Carol

Velázquez Seeks to Curb Domestic Violence Among Veterans

Leads 81 Members of Congress in Introducing Legislation to Expand VA Resources

Washington, DC –As the nation recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) today unveiled legislation to target assistance to domestic violence survivors in the veteran’s and military community.  The “Violence Against Women Veterans Act,” H.R. 6869, would improve services for women veterans experiencing domestic abuse.

“Sadly, domestic abuse and violence appear to be widespread among the veterans and servicemember communities,” said Velázquez. “No woman should be denied help or resources when they most need it and we must ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs is proactively addressing this problem.”

In 1988, the VA created the Women Veterans Health Program to streamline services for female veterans.  Today, as more service roles are being made available to women in uniform, women make up the fastest growing group of veterans. Unfortunately, this advancement has also lead to an increase in sexual assault and harassment for female servicemembers both during their time in the armed services and after. It is estimated that one third of female veterans experience domestic violence compared with less than a quarter of civilian women.  Congress recently recognized the scope of this problem by designating domestic violence a separate crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Velázquez’s bill, H.R. 6869, would take important strides towards increasing resources for veterans affected by domestic violence. First, it would establish local domestic and sexual violence outreach coordinators under the VA, who would be tasked with helping veterans utilize existing service providers. Second, it would codify the current VA Task Force on Domestic Violence and direct it to establish a comprehensive national program to prevent and treat intimate partner violence.  Finally, Velázquez’s bill would fill an existing lack of data by directing the VA to complete a national study on the prevalence and causes of domestic violence among veterans.

“Confronting domestic violence is extremely difficult, but no survivor should ever be made to feel alone in the process of standing up to her or his abuser,” said Velázquez. “Drawing attention to the need for comprehensive reforms in the way our institutions handle domestic violence ought to be a priority not just this month, but every month.”


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  1. The 2017 CSPAN testimonials with the Veterans Administration. Had me busting out out of my skin.. Cynthia McKinley story was one that I wish people could hear more of. I get the idea of “false allegations”. But when someone who’s in an esteemed position or has significant wealth. They literally can rape, pillage, destroy your life, mame and kill you. With no questions asked.
    This is reality. And if you call out these abusers with to protect your kids. Well, say goodbye to your children. Your home, friends, family etc. You’ll NEVER be heard in court. Your records and personal files invaded. You name it. That is if you hire these lawfirms who have Intel Agents invested in them who have all the equipment to debilitate. Man or Woman.

    I’m begging for help.

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