Thursday, June 16, 2005

Violence Against Women Act of 2005 introduced in Congress

6/16/05 Update from the National Center for Victims of Crime reports that the "Violence Against Women Act of 2005 introduced in House and Senate. A bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been introduced in the House and Senate. In the House, Representatives Mark Green (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), Hilda Solis (D-CA), and a host of others introduced H.R. 2876 on June 14. Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Arlen Specter (R-PA), with several of their colleagues introduced the Senate version (S. 1197) on June 8. Both bills, known as VAWA 2005, would strengthen and expand existing programs; increase attention to the needs of communities of color, teen victims, tribal communities, and immigrant victims; and increase efforts to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence."