Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The Violence Against Women laws have provided programs and services, including:

  • Federal rape shield law.
  • Community violence prevention programs
  • Protections for victims who are evicted from their homes because of events related to domestic violence or stalking
  • Funding for victim assistance services, like rape crisis centers and hotlines
  • Programs to meet the needs of immigrant women and women of different races or ethnicities
  • Programs and services for victims with disabilities
  • Legal aid for survivors of domestic violence

VAWA protections are available equally to all individuals regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation

Domestic and Sexual Violence Support Resources