Initially passed in 1984, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the first federal law that acknowledges domestic and sexual violence as crimes. VAWA dramatically changes law enforcement and community responses to these crimes because it calls for a coordinated community response to domestic and sexual violence and expanded them to include dating violence and stalking – with it reauthorization in 2000. Following its reauthorization in 2005, it further expanded its scope by responding to communities working to prevent violence.
VAWA expired in 2011. To date, it has not been reauthorized. VAWA is scheduled for a vote in the US Senate today (February 7, 2013) and with 61 co-sponsors, demonstrates a strong position for passage in the Senate. The Bill – introduced by Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Crapo (R-ID) augments protections in housing programs, provides for enhancements in Tribes, expands victim protections, acknowledges and includes campus programs, provides DV training for custody evaluators, and expands the designation of rural grants, and defines an interactive reporting system to evaluate policies. However, it is important to note, this is not a bill that can be compromised to achieve its reauthorization. It must be passed with all provisions to assure for the safety of all vicitms of domestic, sexual, and dating violence, as well as stalking – and the best chance to enhance measures to prevent violence.
In the House, lawmakers have only just begun reviewing VAWA and since its 2011 sponsor was not re-elected, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has begun to build support for a new bill in the House of Representatives.
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