Washington, D.C. – Today, Jewish Women International (JWI), the leading Jewish organization working to end gender-based violence, commended Congress for including much-needed funding in the Omnibus funding bill, while expressing deep concern over the lack of protection for immigrant communities. We applaud the tireless efforts of Senators Cornyn and Murphy to reform the background check process so that convicted domestic violence abusers are not able to purchase a gun.
Jewish Women International CEO Lori Weinstein made the following statement:
“Domestic violence is a public health crisis, with one in four women suffering severe physical violence by an intimate partner. I applaud the increases in funding for the Violence Against Women Act, the Family Violence Prevention Services Act, and the Victims of Crime Act which will help survivors get the services they so desperately need. However, we note that increases to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border security will make it even more difficult for immigrant survivors to seek these same services. We are gratified that the Omnibus bill includes FixNICS, strengthening laws that mandate domestic violence records are uploaded to the national background check system. Approximately 4.5 million American women have been threatened with a gun by an intimate partner, and 1 million of these women have actually been shot or shot at by their abuser. JWI is a strong advocate for FixNICS, which is just one of the common sense measures that Congress needs to enact.
On behalf of JWI and our members across the country, I call on Congress to pass this funding package and keep working to combat the plague of gun violence in communities across our country. The stakes could not be higher.”