Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley held a press conference pressing for a swift renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and emphasizing its importance to Oregon's families. DA Josh Marquis was part of that discussion pointing out the critical work of the local non-profit agency responsible for working with victims. Merkley was joined by Oregon District Attorneys who detailed what the lapse in the Violence Against Women Act means for Oregon law enforcement and their ability to keep Oregonians safe. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis told reporters that the local Women's Resource Center program to offer aid and counceling to domestic violence victims depends on funding provided by the federal act.
The Violence Against Women Act expired in 2011. Last year, the Senate passed a bipartisan renewal of the bill, but the House of Representatives did not take it up. Today, the Senate is expected to pass another bipartisan renewal and send it to the House.