The Leahy Letter -- May 7, 2012
Senate Passes Bipartisan Leahy Bill To Renew And Strengthen
The Violence Against Women Act
The Senate on April 26 passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), a major step forward in the continued fight against domestic and sexual abuse. Senator Leahy, joined by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, introduced the bill last November. The Leahy-Crapo bill garnered a solid bipartisan vote of 68 to 31.
A former prosecutor in Vermont and longtime champion of crime victims, Senator Leahy collected feedback in Vermont and across the country from law enforcement agencies, organizations active in domestic violence prevention and remediation, and many others in identifying what has worked well in the past, what needs to be done to strengthen the programs authorized by VAWA, and where streamlining and consolidation in programs and services make sense going forward.
VAWA is a lifesaving law, authorizing grants to a wide variety of focused programs to serve and support victims of both domestic and sexual violence. The bill also supports the work of state and local law enforcement officials and has been a mainstay of the nation’s response to various forms of domestic violence since its first enactment in 1994.
The Leahy-Crapo VAWA bill will expand the reach and scope of the services available to victims in several ways, including by establishing a non-discrimination provision to ensure that no victim is denied help based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, national origin, sex or disability.
To learn more about the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, please click here.
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