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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

Dr. Ruiz Votes to Help Pass the Violence Against Women Act in the House

April 4, 2019
Press Release
The bill provides funding and legal protections for survivors of domestic violence in our communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) voted for H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, a bill that strengthens legal protections for survivors of domestic violence and creates federal funding opportunities for local shelters in Riverside County and across the nation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 263 to 158.

“As an emergency medicine physician, I have treated the broken and bruised bodies of survivors of domestic violence,”said Dr. Raul Ruiz. “I have seen the psychological and physical scars domestic violence inflicts on victims, families, and our communities. I am inspired by their unbroken spirits and their determination to live free from violence. I voted for this bill to support survivors and ensure local shelters have the federal support they need to provide health care, counseling, legal assistance, and other services to empower survivors and end the scourge of domestic violence in our communities.”

“An affirmative vote for the reauthorization of VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) 2019, H.R. 1585, is critically needed to continue to show survivors, especially in the Coachella Valley, that they are believed and their safety is of the highest priority,” said Angelina Coe, Executive Director of Shelter from the Storm. “It allows survivors of domestic violence, relationship violence, and sexual assault to have access to additional resources and all victims to have more pathways to safety and protection.”


The Violence Against Women Act was signed into law in 1994. The legislation expired on February 19, 2019, leaving critical prevention and treatment programs for survivors of domestic violence unfunded.

H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, reauthorizes the original bill and includes provisions that:

  • Strengthen legal protections for survivors of domestic violence;
  • Improve survivors’ access to safe, affordable housing;
  • Increase grant funding for programs aimed at preventing domestic violence;
  • Strengthen legal protections for Native American women;
  • Expand protections against discrimination in the workplace.

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