The Two US laws Passed To Prevent Violence To Women

There have been two main laws passed by Congress that relate to preventing violence against women in the United States. They are:

  • The Violence Against Women Act
  • The Family Violence Prevention & Services Act

Below I will run through both of these laws to explain them further.

The Violence Against Women Act.

This is also known as the VAWA and was the first major law intended to help government and its agencies, together with the various victim advocates work towards fighting sexual assault, domestic violence and all abuse and violence against women.

New punishments were created through this law for various crimes. This law also started various programs helping to prevent violence and provide useful assistance to any victims. The law has expanded over the years since its conception to provide more services and programs for victims. Some of the items now included in the law are as follows:

Violence Prevention Programs Within Communities

Funding Available To Victims Suffering Eviction Due to Domestic Violence Related Offences

Protection For Any Victims Who Suffer Eviction Due To Domestic Violence/Stalking/Abuse

Programs That Can Support Minority Communities

Programs That Can Support Disabled Victims Of Abuse

Legal Provision For Domestic Violence & Abuse Survivors

Provision For Teens & Children

The second law is

The Family Violence Prevention & Services Act

Otherwise known as FVPSA, this act provides the majority of Federal funding that helps the victims of abuse and domestic violence. The dependents of said victims, the children for example, are also looked after through this bill.

Working throughout communities there is also anti violence and violence prevention activities funded through here. Here is how FVPSA works:

  1. Through Various Formula Grants: This is to supply monies for territories and states creating support programs to try and help prevent Domestic Violence and assist the victims. These states and territories distribute the monies as they see fit.
  2. The National Domestic Violence Hotline: This toll free hotline runs through 24 hours a day. Victims are put through to their local service providers. Advocates are trained in supporting victims as well as offering relevant information, referrals and crisis intervention strategies. More than 170 languages are covered through this service.
  3. The Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements & Leadership Through Alliances Program: Otherwise known as DELTA . This looks to help communities prevent acts of domestic violence and abuse.

These two laws are there to provide as much protection and assistance for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Support is also provided for any dependents, whilst strategies to help victims over the long term are also available.

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