VAWA Bill Reintroduced by Senate

On Tuesday, Jan. 22 Senators Patrick Leahy and Mike Crapo introduced their new version of the Violence Against Women Act that would reauthorize the expired law and add protections for the LGBTQ community and Native American women. It also has new terms to provide audits of untested rape kits and gives law enforcement resources to […]

What’s Next for VAWA?

For the first time since its inception in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act no longer exists. House Republicans of the 112th Congress failed to renew the legislation, which is credited with saving hundreds of thousands of lives by providing important protections for victims of abuse and designating millions of dollars for battered women’s shelters, […]

Reduction in Violence Shows That VAWA Is Helping

Women’s safety advocates welcome last week’s report of a steep and long-term decline in intimate-partner violence in the United States and say it’s a good reason for lawmakers to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act before the end of the year. “It doesn’t surprise me that intimate-partner violence cases have declined dramatically,” said Kim Gandy, […]

VAWA in the Crosshairs

Passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should be among the top priorities of the lame-duck congressional session, say women’s rights advocates who held a “National Day of Action” in support of the bill yesterday. With President Barack Obama winning a second term and Congress turning its attention away from the election cycle, groups […]

Obama Announces Plan to Prevent Global Gender Violence

Though both the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the International Violence Against Women Act have been bogged down in Congress, the U.S. government hasn’t given up on addressing gender-related violence. Last Friday, President Obama released an executive order that promises to prevent and respond to violence against girls and women globally. According to the Obama […]

Violence Against Women Act Helps Kids, Too

While members of Congress waste time naming post offices and devising ways to get seniors to pay for billionaire’s tax breaks through cuts in Medicare and Social Security, other important business is slipping through the cracks. Specifically, if the Violence Against Women Act—signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994 after a four-year battle—is not reauthorized […]