Violence Against Women Act

His voice thick with emotion, Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday again toured the National Domestic Violence Hotline he helped create, calling victims of such abuse “prisoners in plain sight.”

Housed in an unmarked building in suburban Austin, the hotline was founded in 1996, two years after Congress approved the federal Violence Against Women Act, which Biden sponsored while still a senator from Delaware. (

The violence against women act provides protection for women against all forms of domestic violence. It provided stiffer penalties and resources to approach the issue of domestic violence from an all encompassing perspective.

The 2013 re-authorization expanded the act to allow for protection of same sex victims. October was domestic violence awareness month and I thought a little bit of background information might be fitting.

Please see this link for further information:

To come in future blogs are some startling statistics on domestic violence

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