Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) was a U.S. federal law signed by President Bill Clinton on Sept. 13, 1994. It provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, and established the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice. The VAWA was reauthorized by Congress in 2000, and again in December 2005, but its 2012 renewal was opposed by conservative Republicans, who objected to extending the Act’s protections to same-sex couples and to provisions allowing battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas. In April 2012, the Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and the House subsequently passed its own measure (omitting provisions of the Senate bill that would protect gay men, lesbians, American Indians living in reservations, and illegal immigrants who were victims of domestic violence). Reconciliation of the two bills was stymied by procedural measures, and on Jan. 2, 2013, the Senate’s 2012 reauthorization was not brought up for a vote in the House, effectively ending the Bill after 18 years in effect. [ Wikipedia →]

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Obama signs LGBT-inclusive domestic violence bill

Thursday, March 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill into law. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House approves anti-violence law with LGBT protections

Thursday, February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans raised the white flag Thursday on extending domestic violence protections to gays, lesbians and transsexuals after months of resisting an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act. [ Read more → ]

House to take up Senate’s LGBT-inclusive version of anti-violence act

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — Congress appeared on a course to renew the expired Violence Against Women Act after House Republican leaders on Tuesday agreed to take up a version of the 1994 anti-domestic violence law that passed the Senate two weeks ago by a wide, bipartisan margin. [ Read more → ]

House GOP to strip protections for gays in its version of anti-violence act

Saturday, February 23, 2013
WASHINGTON — The House and Senate appeared headed for another partisan battle as the House prepared to take up its version of the once-noncontroversial Violence Against Women Act. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)AP file photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Boehner: House may consider Senate version of Violence Against Women Act

Thursday, February 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the GOP's House leadership is considering a plan for moving forward with the Violence Against Women Act legislation. [ Read more → ]

Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gays

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate poised to renew gay-inclusive domestic violence law

Thursday, February 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to rewrite the federal government's principal anti-domestic abuse law with new protections for gays, lesbians, immigrants and Native American women. [ Read more → ]

Senate launches new effort to move on gay-inclusive anti-violence bill

Monday, February 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans. [ Read more → ]

Democrats work to extend gay-inclusive anti-violence bill

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Congressional Democrats have renewed their push to revive the key federal program that protects women against domestic violence. They sought to diminish Republican objections that blocked passage of the legislation last year by removing a provision that would increase visas for immigrant victims of domestic abuse. [ Read more → ]
Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor and the Violence Against Women Act — What is wrong with these Republicans?

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Since the introduction of The Violence of Women Act in 1994, the bill has passed in a bipartisan manner – until now. Eric Cantor didn’t like it – so he killed the bill. He killed the bill because he and other House Republicans didn’t like the portions of the bill that had been expanded by the Senate to cover immigrants, members of the LGBT community, and the Native American community living within tribal jurisdiction. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House approves Violence Against Women Act without LGBT protections

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but unlike the LGBT-inclusive Senate version, the House bill failed to address discrimination faced by LGBT victims of domestic violence. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House panel rejects LGBT protections in domestic violence bill

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-controlled House panel beat back measures on Tuesday that would have made LGBT protections part of legislation aiming to extend federal authorization for domestic violence programs. [ Read more → ]
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