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Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking have been able to access services, and a new generation of families and justice system professionals has come to understand that domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are crimes that our society will not tolerate.
Below, our advocates share their opinions on why the recent reauthorization of VAWA was critically important: 2013 On March 7, 2013, President Obama reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, with new provisions extending the protection of Native Americans and members of the LGBTQ community.
Consider these highlights from 10 years of VAWA: States have passed over 660 laws to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
All states have passed laws making stalking a crime and changed laws that treated date or spousal rape as a lesser crime than stranger rape.
demonstrated that adolescents who attempt suicide participate in other risky behaviors, including physical fights, gun carrying, and cigarette and other substance use.
In addition, adolescent suicide attempts have been linked to alcohol and other substance abuse, violence perpetration, disordered eating, and nonheterosexual identification.
Dating violence in the past year was reported by 10.6% of females and 9.5% of males.
In multivariate models, controlling for persistent sadness, sexual orientation, and significant risk behaviors, recent dating violence (odds ratio, 1.61; 95% confidence interval, 1.05-2.47) was associated with suicide attempts in adolescent girls, while lifetime history of sexual assault (odds ratio, 3.86; 95% confidence interval, 2.11-7.06) was associated with suicide attempts in adolescent boys.
We know that local, state, and national laws are changing; programs, businesses, and communities are responding to victims’ needs; and studies show that rates of violence and reporting of crime are changing.
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According to President Obama, VAWA 2013: 2005 Congress took a more holistic approach to addressing violence against women.
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In the past year, 11.7% of females and 7.2% of males reported 1 or more suicide attempts.