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9/12/2014 - Violence Against Women Act Turns 20
Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges. President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary....

8/1/2014 - A Call for Action to Reduce Gun Deaths Among Victims of Domestic Violence
Over 250 people gathered inside the Dirksen Senate building on Wednesday to support legislation aimed at decreasing intimate partner homicide through gun violence. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) chaired the standing-room only Senate Judiciary Committee hearing - which required an overflow room – and was joined by Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen....

6/24/2014 - Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing
In an iconic display of support, eight women Senators testified today at a Senate subcommittee hearing in support of the need to take action against violence against women globally....

6/23/2014 - Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally
Engaging the US in the global fight to end gender-based violence will take center stage tomorrow as part of a Senate subcommittee hearing aimed at fully combating violence and discrimination against women worldwide. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Senate Foreign RelationsSubcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues hearingwill preside over the hearing at which several women Senators will testify, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patty Murray (D-WA). The Senate Subcommittee hearing will focus on how the US and the international community can work to prevent violence against women, promote women's rights, and empower women and girls globally....

2/13/2014 - One Billion People Worldwide Will Rise for Justice Tomorrow
Millions of people will rise for justice tomorrow for One Billion Rising's global V-Day events, including a rally in Washington, DC. One Billion Rising "is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice - courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not....

3/7/2013 - President Obama to Sign VAWA Today
President Obama will sign the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law today....

3/1/2013 - Sequesters Go Into Effect, Major Impact on Women
Today the automatic government spending cuts called "sequesters" will go into effect at midnight....

2/28/2013 - BREAKING NEWS: House Passes Inclusive VAWA
Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan, inclusive Violence Against Women Act as passed by the Senate....

2/27/2013 - VAWA To Go Before House of Representatives Tomorrow
Late last night, the House Rules Committee decided to bring the inclusive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) to the House floor for a vote - provided that a restrictive House substitute bill is rejected first. House leadership announced a substitute bill last week that guts necessary protections for students, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and Native Americans from the Senate bill....

2/26/2013 - Sequester Targets Education, Violence Prevention Programs, Child Care
On Sunday, the White House released a comprehensive list of the impact the possible sequester cuts will have on each state if an agreement is not reached by Congress before March 1st....

2/22/2013 - VAWA Could Brought Up In House Next Week
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) could be brought up in the House of Representatives as early as next week....

2/12/2013 - Coburn Amendment to VAWA Defeated
An amendment which would have severely restricted protections for Native American women under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was defeated yesterday evening. The amendment, proposed by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), would have removed a new provision of VAWA that would allow Native American tribal courts to try non-Native Americans for cases of violence against women that occur on tribal lands against members of the reservation....

2/12/2013 - Senate Leads the Way And Passes a Strong VAWA
The Senate, by a wide margin of 78-22, passed a strong inclusive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act today....

2/12/2013 - Senate Leads the Way And Passes a Strong VAWA
The Senate, by a wide margin of 78-22, passed a strong inclusive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act today....

2/8/2013 - Grassley Amendment on VAWA Dies
An amendment to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) proposed by Senator Charles E....

1/23/2013 - Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced
On Tuesday, Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)....

1/3/2013 - House Lets Violence Against Women Act Expire
The House of Representatives let the Senate-approved bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expire at the end of the 112th congressional session without ever seeing a vote....

12/4/2012 - Statistic Shows VAWA Effective At Reducing Intimate Partner Violence
The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report last week showing that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is effectively working to reduce intimate partner violence....

9/26/2012 - University of Montana Gets $300K VAWA Grant
Following an investigation into the handling of sexual assault reports at the University of Montana in Missoula launched last spring, the university is receiving a $300,000 grant to hire a violence intervention director and expand campus wide programs addressing violence....

9/6/2012 - Visa Cap Reached for Immigrant Victims of Abuse
The 10,000 person cap for the U visa, a visa for immigrants designed to give victims of physical or mental abuse temporary legal status and work eligibility for four years, has been reached this year....

8/15/2012 - Rep. Sandy Adams Defeated in Florida Primary
Tea party favorite Rep....

7/25/2012 - Democrats Urge House to Pass "Real" VAWA
Senate Democrats, including Barbara Boxer (CA), Patty Murray (WA), and Richard Blumenthal (CT), went to the Senate Floor yesterday to ask the House Republican leadership to pass the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)....

5/31/2012 - Domestic Violence Roundtable Held in WV
A West Virginia Roundtable discussion on Tuesday brought together domestic violence survivors, law enforcement officers, and domestic violence service providers to discuss methods to reduce and prevent domestic violence....

5/23/2012 - Article Highlights Sexual Violence against Native American Women
An article in the New York Times today investigated the high rate of sexual violence against Native American Women, an issue that is receiving more attention in light of the debate over the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA)....

5/17/2012 - House Passes Cantor/Adams VAWA Reauthorization
The Cantor/Adams Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization passed the US House yesterday on a nearly straight party line vote of 222-205....