The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act 2005 Wednesday, joining the House of Representatives, which passed the bill Sept. 28.
Lifetime Television pushed for passage of the bill as part of its “Our Lifetime Commitment: Stop Violence Against Women” campaign, using on-air programming, online content and community outreach.
Sens. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) introduced the bill, along with cosponsors Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“Violence -- in all of its forms -- remains a pervasive problem affecting one in three women in her lifetime, and our viewers tell us that they want more to be done to stop it,” Lifetime Entertainment Services executive vice president Meredith Wagner said in a prepared statement.
“We are deeply committed to using the power and the reach of Lifetime to make sure our viewers’ voices are heard and send the message to Washington that we all -- women and men -- need to work together to end the violence,” she added. “We commend Congress for taking this important step.”