Apr 20 2006
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), is a landmark piece of legislation first passed in 1994. It provides hotlines, shelters, services and laws to victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The law was reauthorized and expanded in 2000 and marked a turning point in the national response to violence against women. The bill was unanimously reauthorized by Congress late last year. But under the Bush administration, the annual budget has not fully funded VAWA for 5 years in a row. Congress requested $1 billion for the programs but the President’s budget only requested $546.2 million. Meanwhile media coverage on the bill is shockingly scarce. In fact a Google news search on VAWA yields articles mostly written from a male perspective, bashing the bill. Some examples are “Why VAWA Hurts Families,” by Men’s News Daily, “Activists Resolve to Expose VAWAâ€™s Inequities” also by Men’s News Daily, “The Hazards of Duke: Predatory Feminism,” by NewsByUs, and “Family Break-up Blamed on Intrusive Domestic Violence Laws,” by American Daily.
Read Lucinda Marshall’s piece, published a piece in Dissident Voice: “Ending Terrorism Against Women Begins at Home: The Urgent Need To Fully Fund VAWA.”
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