Violence against Women Act of 1994

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Violence against Women Act of 1994

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Violence against Women Act of 1994

A sweepingresponse to theperception of increasedviolenceagainstwomen in America,theViolenceAgainstWomenAct(VAWA) of 1994was a broad-basedlawthatcreatedeverythingfromfunding of domestic-violenceprograms to newCivil Rightsremediesforwomenwhowerevictims of gender-basedattacks.Thescope of thelawmade it somewhatcontroversial,andtheU.S.SupremeCourtruledthat at leastoneprovision of theactwasunconstitutional.ButVAWAstillmanaged to have a far-reachingeffect on gender-basedcrime,andthereauthorization of theact in 2000meansthat it willcontinue to haveinfluenceintothetwenty-firstcentury.

VAWAwasfirstproposed in 1990,andsupportwassubsequentlystrengthened by testimonybeforeCongress of highnumbers of crimesperpetratedagainstwomeneveryyear,often by family

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