WASHINGTON – The Senate yesterday passed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to protect victims of child abuse. The legislation reauthorizes the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that support victims of child abuse and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. The bill will now move to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.
“This bipartisan legislation will provide vital funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers so that they can better support children who are victims of abuse and help law enforcement hold the perpetrators of such heinous crimes accountable,” Senator Hassan said. “I’ll keep fighting to protect young people in New Hampshire and across the country from abuse and to ensure that they have the support they need to recover and seek justice when such crimes occur.”
Children’s Advocacy Centers are responsible for the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by using a multidisciplinary approach. For more information, visit here.
As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Hassan has continued her commitment to protecting New Hampshire’s young people, including supporting the bipartisan Continuation of Useful Resources To States (COURTS) Act to provide much-needed support to courts handling child welfare cases as well as the bipartisan Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, which has been signed into law by the President, to help grandparents raising grandchildren better meet the needs of the children in their care.