Domestic Violence Against Women Act

910 Words May 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Domestic violence affects millions of Americans in different circumstances annually. Over the years, the numbers of reported cases of domestic violence gained stable growth prompting social activists and legislators to draw stiff measures to counter the problem. About one in four women are affected by domestic violence in the United States. The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that at least four-hundred and seven-thousand incidents of domestic violence crimes were committed in the year 2010 alone. This also excludes all domestic violence cases, which resulted in mortality. Various factors contribute to the increase in the number of domestic violence. However, there is no doubt that many of these factors combine in worsening the situation of domestic violence against women. The Violence against Women Act (VAWA) was established as a legal framework to reduce the incidents of domestic violence against women. In 2013, the legislature passed the VAW Reauthorization Act to reinforce measures to stop the trend. The purpose of this paper is to describe the role of the VAW Reauthorization Act of 2013 in promoting the welfare of women. It illustrates the implications of the implementation of the act as it enters its third year.
The Problem
Domestic violence can be defined in many ways. Most definitions assert that it involves a pattern of behavior in which one is violently abused by a person of close relationship within domestic settings. The underlying factor is the…
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