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Bush Signs VAWA Reauthorization into Law

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired in September, and was reauthorized by Congress in December, was signed into law by President Bush on Thursday. This will authorize almost $4 billion over the next five years, a 21 percent increase in funding from the 2000 version.

This reauthorization broadens efforts to combat violence against women with more focus on prevention strategies, culturally specific services, and enhanced services for victims with disabilities, and it broadens services to include children and teenagers.

Sources:

Associated Press 1/6/06; Feminist Daily News 10/6/05, 12/19/05

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