National Domestic Violence Hotline Blog

A Special Thank You for VAWA

Today President Obama signed the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the very piece of legislation that allowed us to take our very first call. We are so grateful to the national leaders and decision makers, advocates and all involved in the re-authorization.

Here is a video of our advocates saying a special thank you:

About VAWA:

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that seeks to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States.

The passage of VAWA in 1994 has changed the landscape for victims who once suffered in silence. 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.

Here’s a link to our official press release.

7 replies
  1. kim sawyer says:

    Tahnk you Pres.Obama and Vice President Biden for the passing and signing this law today from a homemaker in pine hill nj

  2. farah says:

    It is such a relief to read infos like this because it gives women like myself hope. I am currently
    waiting for help under the VAWA and not only do I have to endure my marriage, but I have to
    endure harassment from my husbands mistress…

    • HotlineAdmin_MB says:


      Thank you for reaching out through our blog community. It sounds like you are still living with your abusive husband. If you would like to call us for guidance and support, advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233.


  3. theresa mcintosh says:

    thank you mr president and mr biden, for signing it. but im not sure hw to access this but yes it gives us hope thanks

  4. Dewdrops says:

    Hopefully VAWA can help all survivors. Could someone please tell if it has an provisions for non-immigrations who are dependent on their non immigrant spouses. Thanks

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