The Violence Against Women Act gives law enforcement the ability to investigate, prosecute and prevent violent crimes against women. It also funds vital programs for victims of domestic violence. This year’s reauthorization modernizes existing programs and explicitly prevents VAWA grant recipients from discriminating against victims who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender -- a provision long overdue.
So of course there were efforts to amend it in the Senate -- and it will face a tougher fight in the House. So pay attention. Keep up on this one. Call, email, text, tweet and lobby your Congressional Representative to stand up againt violence against women -- ALL women -- and get this puppy signed into law!