The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been a law since 1994. Is the law being enforced? Our women are dying daily due to domestic violence in the USA.The vote by Congress, March 5, 2013, expands protections for Native American women, immigrant women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Violence against women has made great strides over the years, but there is more to be done to protect our girls and women.
Native American and Alaska Native women experience sexual violence at a much higher rate than other women in the United States, two and a half times higher. Department of Justice studies show that 86 percent of the violators are non-native men. The tribal authorities had no jurisdiction to prosecute and mete out justice. With the reauthorization of the VAWA, that has changed. Justice will be served over persons committing domestic violence, dating violence, and violation of protection orders within Indian country. America must enforce and strengthen our laws that are on the books.
The laws must be tougher and consequences must send a strong message to violators. Our women should be under the protection of the law. There are no plea deals, and convicted violators will receive the maximum consequences that the law will allow. In America we must do a better job of protecting our girls and women.
Violence against women statistics is no laughing matter
The following web sites can verify the statistics and violence
World Health Organization
Department of Justice
Department of Justice’s Violence Against Women Office
Department of Justice’s On-line Resources
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior in any type of relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Education is the key to domestic violence and love has nothing to do with it.
If you are abused physically, sexually, emotionally, economic or psychological threats of actions that influence another person. You are in a domestic violence relationship and should seek help and a way out. The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) 1.800.787.3224. As a woman, they deserve a life of freedom without abuse. Domestic violence should and must be reported like other crimes, it is unlawful and must be prosecuted.
‘One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.’ - Michael J. Fox