The Violence Against Women Act  Saves Lives—But it Desperately Needs Updating

It wasn’t that long ago that many people believed that domestic violence was a matter best handled inside the family and outside the criminal justice system. Thankfully, we have come a long way. And today, on the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we remember those women and men we have to thank for it—including Vice President Joe Biden.

When he first introduced legislation to combat domestic violence in the early 1990s, he faced opposition at every…

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