The Violence Against Women Act at 25

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September 13, 2019

A short history of VAWA and its various reauthorization efforts over the years to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this groundbreaking legislation.


"VAWA’s overwhelming impact on the lives of victims makes the need for reauthorization more critical now than ever. With a reach of over 1.3 million individuals through education, awareness, and prevention programing, VAWA is moving the culture forward toward a future where everyone can live free from violence. VAWA’s reauthorization act was passed by the House on April 4, 2019 with bipartisan support. Legal Momentum and the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence continues to advocate for a swift reauthorization of VAWA in the Senate with a version substantially similar to the one that was passed in the House. VAWA reauthorizations, throughout their 25-year history, have improved upon each previous version, enhancing outcomes for survivors, expanding education and training, and responding to our ever-evolving understanding of the needs of victims. Legal Momentum is committed to the continuing success and impact of VAWA and calls for its reauthorization without any rollbacks."

  • Violence Against Women and Girls


Lynn Hecht Schafran


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