Violence Against Women During The United States

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Violence Against Women

The topic this policy analysis assignment will focus on is violence against women in the United States. Seven in ten women experience some form of violence in their lifetime (Unite, n.d.). To curtail violence against women, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 created the first U.S. federal legislation acknowledging domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes, and provided federal resources to encourage community-coordinated responses to combat violence (nnedv.org, n.d.). A question to be pursued for this project is how much has violence against women improved over the last decade? According to CBS News in 2013, “Rates (of rapes and sexual assaults) declined from a peak of 5 per 1,000 women in 1995 to 1.8 per
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The importance of this issue to the development of social welfare policy is that personal safety falls under the umbrella of social welfare. Female citizens have a right to feel safe and protected, and the violence being committed against women is negating this right for women. Thankfully, the VAWA has recognized the past failure of society to provide protection for women, and so it has been enacted to improve these conditions.
In the policy analysis assignment, the Violence Against Women Act will be analyzed and its history will be discussed, as well as the details of what it entails, the unintended consequences, how effective it is, and what changes could be made to it. The analysis will be completed by gathering information from the Internet, specifically scholarly resources and U.S. government documents. The Handbook of Social Policy will also be a main source of information, as well as any other books that address the issue of violence against women. There will only be one person conducting this analysis and the imagined role of that person will be citizens’ advocate.
Discussing the nature of the issue, violence against women includes females of all ages, race, and socioeconomic status, who are being violated through acts of physical and sexual violence, as well as psychological abuse. It is not just
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