“Gender-based violence continues to be a critical issue here at home. In 2014 alone, over 65,800 intimate violence incidents were reported in Illinois,” Buckner said. “Women of color are 35% more likely to face intimate partner violence compared to other demographics, which is why I’m fighting to ensure the rights of people facing this public health issue are protected.”
Buckner is supporting House Resolution 632, which urges Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a piece of legislation that provides significant funding toward the investigation and prosecution of violent gender-based crimes. The Violence Against Women Act has historically provided funding for other important programs, such as safe haven programs, combatting violence on college campuses, providing services survivors of sexual.
“With the rise of violence toward transgender women and gender non-conforming individuals, it is vital that these are put back in place,” Buckner added. “I urge Congress to join me in standing up for the one in four women andone in nine men that have experienced domestic violence by reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.”
If you or a loved one is experiencing intimate partner violence, help is available through the Illinois Department of Human Services’ free, 24-hour hotline at 877-863-6338. Buckner represents all or parts of Bronzeville, Gold Coast, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Chicago, South Loop, South Shore, Streeterville and Woodlawn.