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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Profs on VAWA

Professors Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Donna Coker, Julie Goldscheid, Leigh Goodmark, Valli Kalei Kanuha, James Ptacek, and Deborah Weissman have spoken out about the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA") reauthorization bill:

The VAWA reauthorization bill would extend funding for important services; provide additional
protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and
would ensure that tribal courts have jurisdiction over domestic violence that occurs on tribal
land. We urge Congress to pass this bill!

But while we applaud much that is in the bill, we are concerned that like its predecessors, the bill
focuses a significant amount of funding on criminal justice responses and much less on economic
and racial justice initiatives that would support efforts to stop domestic violence. We urge
Congress to do more to address economic and racial inequalities that make poor women--
particularly poor women of color, undocumented women, and Native American women, more
vulnerable to intimate violence. We urge Congress to recognize that economic policies that
result in widespread unemployment and downward mobility increase domestic violence. We
further urge Congress to recognize that as important as criminal remedies may be for some
victims, a focus on criminal justice remedies will never be sufficient to empower women. Many
women who experience domestic violence do not want the current limited menu of criminal
justice responses. We urge Congress, therefore, to consider and support programs that explore
alternatives to the current criminal adjudication models, and that address the underlying causes
of abuse.

Download further remarks in PDF here:

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Posted by: Jessica McCloud | Mar 9, 2012 1:08:05 PM

Form task forces to evaluate and assess domestic abuse and start to develop an action plan, as well as ways to monitor the progress.

Posted by: immigration lawyers | May 4, 2012 12:37:30 AM

I wasn't sure what VAWA was.. but it really doesn't seem that bad. I think it would be a good thing.

Posted by: Peter Parker | Jul 23, 2012 12:20:45 PM

The bill seems like a good idea to me. I support extending "funding for important services; provide additional protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking..." I am a little worried as to where the money will be coming from. I look forward to seeing how it is approached.

Elisa Jed |

Posted by: Elisa Jed | May 13, 2014 5:44:48 PM

I think we really should have more protection for victims of domestic violence. It's really important to give people peace of mind. They can't be scared.

Jim Tracy |

Posted by: Jim Tracy | Jul 17, 2014 1:35:10 PM

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