Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law aimed to end domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. It was first enacted in 1994 under Pres. Bill Clinton, co-sponsored by then-Senator Joe Biden and Senator Orrin Hatch. Today, we want to discuss this legislation as a part of our mentorship program in Georgia.
- Background of the law.
Rooted from incidents of domestic violence and human rights concerns, VAWA was a culmination of efforts to end sexual assault, stalking, and other types of violence. As a nonprofit organization in Atlanta, Georgia, we aim to educate and protect our children and young people from misconducts.
- Programs and services under the law.
The act was able to strengthen federal rape shield law and offer community violence prevention programs. It grants protection for individuals who were evicted from their houses because of circumstances related to domestic violence or stalking. It also offers funding education and assistance services for victims.
- Three stages of reauthorization.
After its passage in 1994, VAWA was reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013 because of the many changes happening in response to violence against women. Whether you’re a dedicated employee or a woman with great female entrepreneurship skills, you can live with full protection under this law.
VAWA already expired on February 15, 2019 after five months of extension from its original expiration date on September 30, 2018. As of now, possible bipartisan reauthorization efforts are being worked out.