The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was enacted in 1994, was the first major federal law to help government agencies and victim advocates work together to fight violent acts against women. It has proven highly effective at addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA was not reauthorized at the end of the 112th Congress and was recently reintroduced.
VAWA created the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) with the Department of Justice. OVW issues grants to help communities across America develop innovative strategies to address violence against women. Grants issued by OVW resulted in nearly 470,000 victims and survivors being seen by OVW grantees between July 2007 and July 2009. Nearly 570,000 professionals across the country were trained with grant funds. The services provided to these victims included victim advocacy, crisis intervention, court accompaniment, and counseling. Additionally, over 60,000 children were served in some capacity under VAWA over the same two year period.
VAWA provides clear and proven benefits to women, families, and other victims throughout the United States, but the work is not done. Only your support can ensure that women everywhere receive the protection and services needed to keep themselves and their families safe. We urge you to support reauthorization of VAWA today. Social workers have worked tirelessly to advocate for an expanded more inclusive reauthorization of VAWA, which includes protections for students on campus, immigrant victims, Native women and LGBT communities.
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