Laws & Legislation


In 2012, The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been under attack in Congress. This landmark legislation was passed unanimously in 1994, improving the lives of women who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. This is a women's issue, not a partisan one.

Currently up for reauthorization, the Senate is considering a bill that will expand provisions to protect women who are Native American, undocumented immigrants, lesbians, or live in small rural villages against domestic abuse.

Knock Out Abuse Against Women fully supports the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and urges Congress to act swiftly and immediately.

The Violence Against Women Act provides crucial services, including transitional housing and legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. The Violence Against Women act provides law enforcement, prosecutors and judges with the tools to hold offenders accountable while supporting victims. Since its passage, the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 53%. VAWA protects and saves lives.

A vote on the Senate floor is expected as early as next week. We urge the Knock Out Abuse community to give a voice to the victims by making in known that we cannot - and will not go back. We will hold our Representatives responsible and continue the fight to stop the cycle of domestic abuse.

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