The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1994. The Act requires re-authorization every couple of years. For example, VAWA was re-authorized in 2000 and 2005. This upcoming year, VAWA will need to be re-authorized for it to remain good law.
VAWA helps agencies, courts, district attorneys, special groups, and others prosecute individuals charged with committing violent crimes against women. In some states that do not have broad laws that protect women victims, people rely heavily on VAWA to help these individuals.
Read more about the 1998 VAWA bill here.
Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT)and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the bill at the end of November 2011. If you want to express your support for VAWA, you may call your State Senator and voice your opinions. If you think the law is a waste of funds, you may call your State Senator and voice your opinions. If you are not sure what VAWA entails, you may call your State Senator or any of the numerous policy groups and agencies in support of VAWA to learn more about the law in practice.