The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been approved and passed the House sending a bipartisan bill to President Obama. The first draft of the bill that solely endorsed by the conservative party was defeated in the Senate. However, the modified bill gained support on both sides passing 286 to 138, according to a March 2013 New York Times article.

This bill was modified based on a landmark bill in 1994. Under the bill the victims of domestic and sexual violence were granted more protection from their attackers. The House changed some of the terminology to better protect both genders.  Specifically, “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were taken out of the original bill. This was to ensure that there is protection under the bill for gay, bisexual, or transgender victims of domestic abuse. Under the bill, federal programs will be expanded to assist local communities with more law enforcement and programs that aid the victims of domestic disputes and sexual abuse.

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