“Gender-based violence is a public health issue that impacts tens of thousands of people every year right here in Illinois,” said Mussman. “The Violence Against Women Act is imperative because it saves lives by funding critical programs that protect and empower survivors.”
Mussman is cosponsoring 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 including grants to combat violence on college campuses, funding for safe haven programs and services for sexual assault survivors.
“As extreme politicians continue to wage their war against women, transgender and non-binary individuals, Congress has the opportunity to stand up for the nearly one in four women that has experienced sexual or physical violence from an intimate partner,” continued Mussman. “I urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and I will continue fighting for policies that support survivors.”
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. Mussman represents the 56th District, which contains portions of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Roselle, Rolling Meadows and Palatine.