Successfully, escaping domestic violence requires planning. Part of the planning is knowing what laws are out there and how they can assist you.
The United States congress has successfully passed two major laws relating to domestic violence, and women in particular. The first law you should know about is the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. The second is the Violence Against Women Act. While both laws significantly impact the change in the fight against domestic violence, they also receive great criticisms from some.
The (VAWA) or Violence Against Women Act was created in 1994 to assist victims, government agencies, advocates, and organizations in working together in the fight against domestic violence. The acts protects women against sexual assaults and virtually all other acts committed against women. The national U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services produced the National Advisory Committee on violence against women to promote the goals and visions of the VAWA. Intially the law created new and stiffer punishments for particular crimes. The law also set up programs nationwide to prevent violence and provide help for victims.
Over the years the laws expanded to include a wider variety of services and programs. Some of the resources currently afforded by the law are:
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (The FVPSA) Tribal grants are primarily for immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their dependents. Related assistance includes but is not limited to victim advocacy, outreach and prevention services, public awareness campaigns, counseling related to domestic violence, transportation, legal advocacy, and children’s counseling and support services. The funds may also be used in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent domestic violence. Funding is available to all Native American Tribes and Tribal Organizations that meet the definition “Indian Tribe” or “Tribal Organization” the FVPSA Program funds approximately 200 Tribes. More directly the FVPSA operates through three channels.
It is very important to not only of, but understand the resources that exist. Utilize them. They were created for you.
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