Violence Against Women Act of 2005 August 01, 2005 11:47 AM
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will expire on September 30, 2005 unless Congress takes steps to reauthorize this legislation. The current bill provides the opportunity not only to continue successful and vital programs, but also to expand on 10 years of progress to further the safety and stability of the lives of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
VAWA was originally passed in 1994, and reauthorized in 2000 with overwhelming bipartisan support. VAWA improved awareness, protection, and criminal justice response for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The bill's reauthorization will continue to improve the situation for victims while helping to reduce the incidence of domestic violence by providing much needed services and support. VAWA 2005 (S. 1197/H.R. 2876) would reauthorize legislation that has contributed to the decline in domestic violence since its inception in 1994.
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