GOP Version Of VAWA Only Protects SOME Abuse Victims


Now that the Senate passed its version of the Violence Against Women Act the House of Representatives must pass its version, and not surprisingly the version making its way through is pretty appalling.

Not only does the GOP-controlled House version of VAWA strip away protections for undocumented, LGBT, and Native American victims of domestic violence, it also contains a provision that violates an undocumented victim’s confidentiality by allowing immigration officials to speak with her and ask for evidence from his or her abuser.

This provision is especially cruel because it exacerbates fears undocumented victims already have of calling the police because to report their abuse risks deportation. Republicans want to build on that fear by alerting their abusers that their victims have sought help. Under the law as it stands immigrant victims enjoy a confidentiality when reporting acts of violence and abuse.

Republicans had already opposed renewal of VAWA because it expanded the scope of protections from domestic abuse. But this House bill takes that opposition one step further into an affirmative attack on immigrant women’s safety. It’s a blatant pandering to the most offensive elements of the right and one that threatens actual lives showing that Republicans not only lack concern about issues like violence against women, they have no problem enabling such violence to begin with.

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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Clarence M.
Clarence Maloney2 years ago

VAWA must not be renewed until 1) it is gender-neutral in text and title, 2) it ends mandatory arrest and orders for a parent to keep away from house and children without
DUE PROCESS which is UNCONATITUTIONAL, and 3) it ends subsidies to states to fund huge bureaucracies most of which are gender-biased. Don't you know that domestic violence is about equal both ways, as 200 studies show? And why do we need it anyway when there are many other laws against personal violence?

elaine jennison
elaine jennison2 years ago

I'm sick about all of this. I'm angry with the women that only care about themselves All women are sisters. Can't they see?

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

Repukes are definately afraid of women. Every proposal from the teabags that have the slightest connection to women, are all an attempt to control women. If they succeed, women will be taken back to the 1600s. Any woman that votes for a repuke, I will consider a traitor to her own gender. Men that do the same, I call women haters.

Miriam W.
miriam w.3 years ago

Sojourner Truth:
ain't I a woman?

guess not....
thousands of years and this is still even a matter of debate.
the human race deserves extinction.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Unethical bastards!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Unethical bastards!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Unethical bastards!

michelle B.

Violence against anyone is wrong regardless of their race,sexuality,gender, sad politics are corrupting peoples moral compass

Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago

Gee Oh Pee