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The Violence Against Woman Act

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Domestic violence is not something that is restricted to one part of the world or another. It can happen to anyone at any time and those who are victims need to know they have options when it comes to their safety against it. While there are Federal laws that have blanket coverage for victims, individual states also have their own laws that are created to help protect the victims on domestic violence as well. Those laws usually spawn from specific cases in order to prevent the scenario from happening again or to punish those who do commit the same type of act. In 1994 the Violence Against Woman Act (VAMA) was passed by Congress in order to help better protect women who were victims of not only domestic violence and sexual assault, but also stalking and dating violence. In 2013 President Obama signed a bill to strengthen and reauthorize the VAMA. In addition, the bill removes barriers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) victims, maintained protections for battered immigrants and took the important step of also reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in this same legislation, and VAWA will bring justice for Native American victims (Jarrett, V. (2013, March 7). VAWA has become the first piece of federal legislation that includes nondiscrimination provisions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (Kindschi, D. (July, 2013) Under the VAMA act a woman names Silvia who is an immigrant from Guatemala received protection from abuse
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