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Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act

Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act

President Barack Obama signs into law the $659 million Violence Against Women Act that includes new provisions for gays, lesbians, immigrants and Native Americans.

Published March 7, 2013

President Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Originally authored by then-Sen. Joe Biden and passed in 1994, the legislation provides federal funding for programs and research to prevent and prosecute domestic and sexual violence.

The law, which has been expanded, is a legislative victory for advocates of gay rights and Native Americans. Gays, lesbians and immigrants will now have equal access to the law's programs, and Native American tribes can prosecute non-natives who commit crimes of domestic and sexual violence against native women.

VAWA also provides $659 million a year for five years for various programs and grants for transitional housing, legal assistance, law enforcement training and hotlines.

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Written by Joyce Jones

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