Angelina Jolie Advocates for U.S. Domestic Violence Law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Wednesday agreed a deal to resume a long-lapsed regulation to strengthen home violence protections, simply hours after Hollywood actor and humanitarian Angelina Jolie made a tearful speech of help.

Jolie’s voice broke as she acknowledged the ladies and youngsters “for whom this laws comes too late” in a speech in Washington D.C.

“Standing right here on the heart of our nation’s energy, I can assume solely of everybody who has been made to really feel powerless by their abusers by a system that failed to guard them,” Jolie, carrying a black swimsuit and pearls, mentioned.

The Violence In opposition to Ladies Act expired on the finish of 2018 and U.S. President Joe Biden, who initially sponsored the invoice as a senator in 1994, had campaigned on renewing it.

The Home of Representatives permitted its renewal in a 244-172 vote virtually a yr in the past, however laws stalled in Congress amid partisan disputes over entry to weapons and transgender points.

“The explanation many individuals wrestle to depart abusive conditions is that they’ve been made to really feel nugatory. When there’s silence from a Congress too busy to resume the Violence In opposition to Ladies Act for a decade, it reinforces that sense of worthlessness,” mentioned Jolie. “You assume, I suppose my abuser is true. I suppose I am not price very a lot.”

Republican Senators Joni Ernst and Lisa Murkowski and Democrats Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein issued a joint media launch confirming that they had reached a “compromise” deal to get the invoice shifting.

Biden mentioned in a press release he was “grateful that this important bipartisan invoice is shifting ahead, and I stay up for Congress delivering it to my desk directly.”

(Writing by Jane Wardell; Enhancing by Karishma Singh)

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