BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Congressman Anthony Brindisi visited Binghamton Monday afternoon to advocate for victims of domestic violence.
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Congressman joined local advocates at the YWCA in Binghamton to voice his support in the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
The act, which expired in February, provides protection, housing, and education programs for victims of domestic abuse.
The act was passed by the House of Representatives in April with bipartisan support, according to Brindisi, who urges the Senate to pass the act as well.
“There is a stigma about coming forward. So, that’s what a lot of the education programs under the Violence Against Women Act are meant to combat. To try and make that awareness and to try and get rid of the stigma that surrounds domestic violence, so people can come forward and get the help they need,” Brindisi explained.
The Violence Against Women Act must be passed by November to be re-authorized.