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Slaughter honored for work on VAWA

Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport was honored last Thursday as a champion of the Violence Against Women Act by Alternatives for Battered Women, The American Association of University Women and the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County.

Slaughter was a co-sponsor of the original act which marks its 20th anniversary this year. She also led the charge in 2013 to reauthorize the law and expand protections to LGBT, Native American and immigrant domestic violence survivors.

“I have been proud to devote my career to defending women’s rights, expanding opportunities for women and protecting women and men from violence,” Slaughter said. “I am so lucky to have such wonderful partners in that fight.”

Since VAWA’s enactment, cases of domestic violence have fallen by 67 percent and more than 1 million women have used the justice system to obtain protective orders against their batterers, according to a release.