Quigley Hosts Domestic Violence Roundtable at Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) hosted a roundtable at Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse to discuss efforts at the local and federal level to address and prevent domestic violence. The roundtable was led by Raúl Vega, Acting Presiding Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Violence Division, and included representatives from Cook County offices dedicated to addressing sexual assault and agencies that provide services to survivors of domestic violence.
“Everyone everywhere should be able to live a life free from the threat of violence. This facility, and the public servants who work here, provide a safe location for survivors of domestic violence to access services and pursue justice against their abusers,” said Quigley. “I’m grateful to the judges, law enforcement officials, social workers, and advocates who work day and night to protect survivors of domestic violence, and I appreciate them taking the time to speak with me today about how we can continue that important work.”
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. This legislation improves and increases access to services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. It includes additional protections for LGBTQ and Native communities and, critically, prohibits the sale of firearms to stalkers and abusers. An amendment authored by Quigley to require a review of the relationship between survival of domestic violence and the development of a substance abuse disorder was included in the legislation.
“Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act twenty years ago, the rate of domestic violence has decreased by over 50 percent. Unfortunately, one in three women in the United States still experience domestic violence during their lifetimes. We must take steps to end this epidemic,” said Quigley. “Congress has a responsibility to victims and survivors. House Democrats took one step toward fulfilling that responsibility by reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act to help reduce the rate of domestic violence, improve services for survivors, and strengthen our justice system.”
As County Commissioner, Quigley advocated for the construction of the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse. He fought to secure the funding and location and advocated for the building’s environmentally friendly features.