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NH's Shaheen pushes for domestic violence bill

April 24, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is joining with law enforcement and advocates for domestic violence victims in urging Congress to renew the federal Violence Against Women Act.

Lawmakers of both parties have supported the 1994 law and have reauthorized it several times. But some Republicans are opposed to new provisions, and Shaheen says she doesn't know what will happen when the Senate takes up the reauthorization bill, possibly this week.

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Shaheen said New Hampshire gets $3.5 million from the law. Former Henniker Police Chief Timothy Russell, who oversees domestic violence instruction and investigation at the state police academy, said there is no question that money has saved lives.

Both Shaheen and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte are co-sponsors of the reauthorization bill.

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