Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Hosts Domestic Violence Dialogue
October 29, 2005
 HAMBURG, NY – On Saturday, October 28, 2005, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined individuals and agencies involved in family violence prevention, advocacy and treatment in a “Domestic Violence Dialogue.” 
“Our homes should be a refuge where we feel safe and secure, yet for the millions of victims of domestic violence, home is a very frightening and dangerous place,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Western New York has a number of agencies that protect and assist those affected by family violence.  This dialogue offers an opportunity for us to explore how Congress and the local community can improve the response to domestic violence and make it easier for victims to get the support they need.”
The Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994, has provided over $5.5 billion in federal funding to improve our criminal and community responses to domestic violence. Congressman Higgins is a cosponsor of the VAWA reauthorization bill introduced by Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-16) and voted to approve the Department of Justice Authorization bill, which included reauthorization of VAWA programs, authorized by the House and currently before the Senate. 
According to the American Institute on Domestic Violence 5.3 million women are abused each year.   The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion annually.

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