Legal Momentum hails President Obama signing into law S. 47, the bi-partisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). This VAWA reauthorization represents a giant step forward for all survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. We also applaud the Senate and House members, Republicans and Democrats alike, who stood up and voted for all victims, including LGBT, immigrants, Native women, college students, victims of trafficking and others.
At the signing, President Obama said, "So one of the great legacies of this law is that it didn’t just change the rules; it changed our culture. It empowered people to start speaking out. It made it okay for us, as a society, to talk about domestic abuse. It made it possible for us, as a country, to address the problem in a real and meaningful way. And it made clear to victims that they were not alone -- that they always had a place to go and they always had people on their side."