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Violence Against Women Act must be renewed

July 14, 2012
Nancy Neylon , The Marietta Times

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), authorized in 1994, created effective and cost-saving responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. VAWA expired in December 2011 and must be reauthorized by Congress to ensure the continuation of lifesaving programs. The Senate (S. 1925) and House (H.R. 4970) have passed different bills that must be reconciled. While both bills adopt similar grant authorization levels and program consolidation improvements, the House bill fails to include important protections for some victims.



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