The Violence Against Women Act (1994)

Domestic violence is a serious, wide-reaching problem that profoundly impacts women’s lives. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the first US federal law to acknowledge the severity of crimes related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA – reauthorized in 2000, 2006, and 2013 – has improved the criminal justice response to domestic and sexual violence; trained law enforcement, judges, and advocates; and provided funding for victim services, … [Read More...]


Save #VAWA! Pass the Violence Against Women Act: A HERVotes Blog Carnival


by Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation and KristinRowe-Finkbeiner, UPDATE (2/28/2013): VICTORY! The House of Representatives decided to stand with students, Native Americans, immigrants, and the LGBT community and passed the Senate inclusive #VAWA in a vote 286-138! --------------- At last the House will vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) tomorrow. The … [Read More...]

VAWA is Only the First Step


Emily Charlap, Public Policy Associate for Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) One of the things that makes our nation great is the notion of “liberty and justice for all.” Yet we haven’t quite achieved that goal. Women are disproportionately victimized in our own backyards, and measures must be put in place to ensure their liberties while seeking justice to hold perpetrators … [Read More...]

Congress: Pass a VAWA that includes Campus SaVE!


By Julia, Break the Cycle Intern I graduated from college in May of 2012. And despite the fact that I now have to identify myself as an ‘alum’ for campus events, the passage of a Violence Against Women Act that includes Campus SaVE is still very important to me. Some of this happens on the streets, in public spaces, and are committed by a stranger. But study after study shows that most … [Read More...]

When Dating Violence Hits Close to Home


By by Madeline Shepherd, National Council of Jewish Women Legislative Aide When I was a senior in college, the reality of domestic violence—and specifically teen dating violence—hit closer to home than any study or statistic ever could. I was preparing to graduate when another student killed his girlfriend, who was a sophomore at the time. Shock and sadness of indescribable depth enveloped … [Read More...]

House can no longer ignore violence against LGBT community


By Sharon Stapel, executive director, New York City Anti-Violence Project On February 12th, the Senate passed S. 47, a bill that reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a 78-22 margin. VAWA is our nation’s response to domestic and sexual violence and provides the greatest source of programming and funding for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the United States. The … [Read More...]