A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Read More


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on Apr 26, 2012 but was never passed by the House.

Date Introduced
Nov 30, 2011



Bill Text


To reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011''.


The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title. Sec. 2. Table of contents. Sec. 3. Universal definitions and grant conditions. TITLE I--ENHANCING JUDICIAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOLS TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Sec. 101. Stop grants. Sec. 102. Grants to encourage arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders. Sec. 103. Legal assistance for victims. Sec. 104. Consolidation of grants to support families in the justice system. Sec. 105. Sex offender management. Sec. 106. Court-appointed special advocate program. Sec. 107. Criminal provision relating to stalking, including cyberstalking. Sec. 108. Outreach and services to underserved populations grant. Sec. 109. Culturally specific services grant. TITLE II--IMPROVING SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DATING VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND STALKING

Sec. 201. Sexual assault services program. Sec. 202. Rural domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse enforcement assistance. Sec. 203. Training and services to end violence against women with disabilities grants. Sec. 204. Grant for training and services to end violence against women in later life. TITLE III--SERVICES, PROTECTION, AND JUSTICE FOR YOUNG VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

Sec. 301. Rape prevention education grant. Sec. 302. Creating hope through outreach, options, services, and education for children and youth. Sec. 303....

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NOVEMBER 30, 2011 The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) today applauds Senators Patrick Leahy and Mike Crapo for introducing legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA is at the core of our nation’s response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. “The National Network to End Domestic Violence commends Senators Leahy and Crapo for their leadership on this life-saving legislation,” said Sue Else, NNEDV’s president. “The Violence Against Women Act provides vital support, services, and safety for victims and its reauthorization is critical to continuing efforts to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence.” Since it was first passed in 1994, VAWA has made great progress in keeping victims safe and holding perpetrators accountable. The reauthorization provides an opportunity to build upon these successes and make vital improvements. The Leahy - Crapo bill includes key enhancements to existing provisions and strengthens the response to domestic and sexual violence in tribal communities. In recognition of the current economic times, the bill also streamlines and consolidates several grant programs. “We urge Congress to swiftly reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to address to the needs of victims,” said Else. “We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Leahy, Senator Crapo, and all Members of Congress to ensure that VAWA is once again reauthorized with strong bipartisan support.” An NNEDV survey revealed that during one 24-hour period in 2010, more than 70,000 victims received lifesaving services at domestic violence programs nationwide. Unfortunately, during that same 24-hour period more than 9,500 requests for services went unmet largely due to lack of resources.


November 30, 2011, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today applauded the introduction of a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). NCJW President Linda Slucker and NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement: “NCJW welcomes the introduction of a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. VAWA programs have assisted state and local authorities to keep communities safe while supporting victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The continuation and improvement of these programs is critical to maintaining the significant progress made in increased reporting and decreased deaths during the time VAWA has been in effect. “NCJW has worked since its inception to protect women against violence and abuse, most recently through our domestic violence campaign, Higher Ground, which seeks to help women escape domestic violence in part by achieving economic autonomy. We commend Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) for their leadership on this issue. NCJW worked hard to pass VAWA in 1994, and we have spent the last two years working with our partners on the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and our allies in Congress to ensure a strong reauthorization for the future.” The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.


NOVEMBER 30, 2011 The Task Force applauds today’s historic introduction in the U.S. Senate of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill, which for the first time includes sexual orientation and gender identity. The 1994 federal law provides funds to enhance investigation and prosecution of violent crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault, and to bolster victim services programs. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, along with a broad coalition of organizations, has been lobbying for inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the law. Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: To be the target of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking — whether perpetrated by a stranger or an intimate partner — is incredibly traumatic. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not immune from this violence, and LGBT survivors’ pain and distress should not be exacerbated by a lack of adequate response from service providers or law enforcement. Reauthorization of this inclusive Violence Against Women Act will go a long way toward ensuring everyone has access to critical and life-sustaining resources. Lives are literally on the line, and our federal lawmakers should act swiftly to pass this legislation. Thank you to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs for its leadership in making this historic moment possible. Specific inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Violence Against Women Act is vital because: In a 2010 joint report by the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 96 percent of victim services and law enforcement agencies said that they did not have specific services for LGBT people. In fact, studies have shown that only one in five survivors of same-gender sexual assault and intimate partner violence received victim services. LGBT people experience domestic violence in 25-35 percent of relationships, which is the same rate as the general population, according to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. LGBT survivors of violence face discrimination when accessing services, including 45 percent being turned away from shelters, and 55 percent being denied orders of protection.


Over the past 17 years, VAWA has given survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking unprecedented access to improved services and ultimately, safety. VAWA has saved countless lives, protected families, given a voice to survivors and provided invaluable training to the criminal justice community. VAWA is landmark legislation in the movement to end violence against women and girls, and is both a symbol and actualization of what it means to create healing and justice for survivors and their communities. We ask that you take a moment today to contact your Senators and encourage them to support this bill and sign on as an original co-sponsor.

Touching Heart 3 years ago

The Administration strongly supports Senate passage of S. 1925 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark piece of bipartisan legislation that first passed the Congress in 1994 and has twice been reauthorized. That Act transformed the Nation's response to violence against women and brought critically needed resources to States and local communities to address these crimes. The Administration is pleased that S. 1925 continues that bipartisan progress and targets resources to address today’s most pressing issues. Sexual assault remains one of the most underreported violent crimes in the country. The bill provides funding through State grants to improve the criminal justice response to sexual assault and to better connect victims with services. The bill also seeks to reduce domestic violence homicides and address the high rates of violence experienced by teens and young adults. Reaching young people through early intervention can break the cycle of violence. The Administration strongly supports measures in S. 1925 that will bring justice to Native American victims. Rates of domestic violence against Native American women are now among the highest in the United States. The bill builds on the Tribal Law and Order Act – which President Obama signed on July 29, 2010 – to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of tribal justice systems and will provide additional tools to tribal and Federal prosecutors to address domestic violence in Indian country. The Administration also supports the important leadership role of the Office on Violence Against Women and believes that all victims should have access to critically needed services and protections.

The Administration 3 years ago

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is due for reauthorization. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), introduced a bipartisan bill, S. 1925, on Wednesday, 11/30/11 to reauthorize and improve VAWA. Not only will this bill continue to fund proven effective programs, but it will make key changes to streamline VAWA and make sure that even more people have access to safety, stability and justice. The National Task Force to End Violence Against Women has worked closely with the Senators on the bill and the language clearly represents the voices of survivors. This is an important step forward for VAWA and the hope is to get even more improvements as the bill moves forward. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) have been working closely with the National Task Force to End Violence Against Women and will introduce House legislation soon. What can you do? What’s most important now is to get ALL legislators to support VAWA’s reauthorization. As a constituent, it is especially important for you to tell your members of Congress how important VAWA is to victims and service providers in your community.

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This bill would reauthorize and expand the 1994 law that made domestic violence – typically handled by state and local governments – a federal crime. Despite a lack of scientific evidence supporting the program’s effectiveness, the Senate’s “reauthorization” of VAWA would expand coverage to men, homosexuals, transgendered individuals and prisoners, and expand already duplicative grant programs. For the first time in our nation’s history, the bill would allow non-Native Americans accused of domestic violence on tribal lands to be tried in those tribal courts, thereby eliminating the right of the accused to face a jury of their peers. Under VAWA, men effectively lose their constitutional rights to due process, presumption of innocence, equal treatment under the law, the right to a fair trial and to confront one’s accusers, the right to bear arms, and all custody/visitation rights. It is unprecedented, unnecessary and dangerous. S.1925 would also broaden the definition of domestic violence to include causing “emotional distress” or using “unpleasant speech.” This expansive and vague language will increase fraud and false allegations, for which there is no legal recourse. By contrast, women (or under this proposal, homosexual men and transgendered individuals) receive free legal counsel even if there’s no evidence of injury or harm. Expanding this law to include new groups would also require more funding and resources in order to carry out the new provisions. In short, simply because this bill has a catchy name does not make up for the harmful policy within. Heritage Action opposes the Violence Against Women Act and will include it as a key vote on our scorecard.

Heritage Action 3 years ago

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Bill Summary

A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

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