According to President Obama, VAWA 2013: 2005 Congress took a more holistic approach to addressing violence against women.
In addition to enhancing criminal and civil justice and community-based responses to violence, VAWA 2005 created notable new focus areas such as: VAWA’s effectiveness is evident in the progress that has been made since implementation.
These experiences affect young people’s health throughout their lives, as victims of dating violence are at a higher risk of victimization during college and are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Yet, schools often fail to develop clear policies on addressing dating violence and there is a great deal of variability in how schools teach students about healthy relationships and what constitutes abuse.
Below, our advocates share their opinions on why the recent reauthorization of VAWA was critically important: 2013 On March 7, 2013, President Obama reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, with new provisions extending the protection of Native Americans and members of the LGBTQ community.