WASHINGTON, DC -- A five-year re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act was passed in the U.S. Senate Tuesday.
The matter was passed by a vote of 78 to 22.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said in a statement that the legislation will help ensure that victims of sexual assault and domestic violence are protected and that organizations across the country assisting these victims continue to have access to funding and resources.
"Over the last 19 years, the rate of domestic violence against women has dropped by more than 50 percent, but there are many more who still need help," Durbin said in a statement. "This bipartisan bill is our opportunity to show them that when it comes to protecting those who need help, we will be there."
The legislation is now set to be voted on in the House of Representatives.