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EmailThis iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms. Your NameYour EmailMessageIf you dont want to receive these emails you can unsubscribe here. Prev in Thread Current Thread Next in ThreadOn Wednesday, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, legislation that expands the federal governments ability to aid victims of domestic violence. And President Obama signed the bill into law Thursday. Its a victory for the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, and a victory for many survivors of domestic violence. We need to get this terrible law repealed so survivors arent further victimized and their own lives arent ruined. Despite the fact that the Justice Departments Office on Violence Against Women has acknowledged that the law provides meaningful protection to domestic violence victims, VAWA has not reduced the prevalence of domestic violence or its serious impact on women. Rather, the VAWA has contributed to a surge in the number of children born to domestic violence victims. One would think that having a law that criminalizes domestic violence victims would deter their abusers from abusing them. In 2010, the FBI reported that women accounted for 99 percent of all domestic violence victims arrested. VAWA has led to an increase in the amount of children born to women arrested for domestic violence. The loophole allows a woman who is physically abused by her husband or partner to leave the situation so that the children born to that abusive arrangement can be cared for by a relative or other family member. In addition, victims can petition a court to allow them to be freed from the abusers control. Under the proposed law, the abuser would have to pay for the costs of the childs care. But because VAWA is a bipartisan bill, it would allow for VAWA-funded resources to be used for other victims as well. Despite the loophole, VAWA should not be renewed. Its been shown to be ineffective and wasteful, and its not necessary to improve the lives of real victims. We should be focusing on ending the problem of domestic abuse and getting domestic violence off the streets and out of our families. He co-founded Keepers of the Flame, a national grassroots organization that provides resources and support to help individuals, families and communities prevent, survive and heal from domestic violence.

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