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WHEREAS, on September 13, 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted to address congressional concerns about violent crimes, particularly crimes against women associated with domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and

WHEREAS, the VAWA allowed for enhanced sentencing of repeat federal sex offenders, mandated restitution to victims of specified federal sex offenses, and authorized grants to state, local, and tribal law enforcement entities to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women; and

WHEREAS, the fundamental goals of the VAWA are to prevent violent crime, respond to the need of crime victims, learn more about crime, and change public attitudes through a collaborative effort by the criminal justice system, social services agencies, research organizations, schools, public health organizations, and private organizations; and

WHEREAS, the VAWA supports programs to address domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and other crimes; and

WHEREAS, the continued focus on these issues since the original enactment has resulted in the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act of 2019, which includes critical improvements to existing law and invests in prevention, access to justice for Native Survivors, protections for victims of dating violence and stalking, enforcement of court orders, and safe housing for survivors;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim September 13, 2019, as a day in honor of the 25th anniversary of the

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 11th day of September 2019

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