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Violence against Women Act 2000

Below is the summary of the Violence Against Women Act 2000, posted on the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) web site, accessed on Sep. 28, 2005:

Title I: Strengthening law enforcement

  • Creates purpose areas in law enforcement grant programs to provide equipment and technical assistance to facilitate enforcement of protective orders.
  • Clarifies that grantees must certify that their state laws, practices and policies do not require the victim to bear the costs of filing criminal charges or protective orders.
  • Prohibits offender notification of a protective order that has been registered in the enforcing state. Gives tribes full civil jurisdiction over the enforcement of protective orders on Indian lands.
  • Provides funds for training sexual assault forensic medical examiners in evidence collection, expert testimony and treatment of trauma.
  • Provides for a 5% set aside out of state formula grants for court programs.
  • Provides set aside funding for state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions to coordinate state victim services activities.
  • Reauthorizes Grants to Encourage Arrest, Rural Domestic Violence and Child. Victimization Grants, and the STOP State Grants.
  • Adds dating violence to most grant programs.
  • Strengthens language on interstate crimes of domestic violence, violation of protective orders, and interstate stalking.
  • Adds use of mail or any facility of interstate or foreign commerce to interstate stalking.

Title II: Strengthening Services to Victims

  • Creates an authorizing statute for the legal assistance to victims program, and expands the program for victims of sexual assault as well as domestic violence.
  • Reauthorizes the Federal family Violence Prevention Services grants for shelter and services at $175 million each year for five years.
  • Creates a transitional housing assistance grant program to provide short-term housing assistance to victims of domestic violence.
  • Reauthorizes the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 2 million each year for five years.
  • Authorizes federal studies of insurance discrimination, workplace effects, unemployment compensation and parental kidnapping laws.
  • Creates new funding areas for programs addressing the needs of older and disabled victims including targeted outreach and support.

Title III: Safe Havens for Children

  • Creates a grant program for supervised visitation and safe exchange.
  • Includes extensive reporting requirements for jurisdictions receiving this funding.
  • Focuses these grants on collaboration with domestic violence programs and on underserved populations.
  • Reauthorizes court-appointed special advocates in child abuse cases.
  • Provides funding for training programs for judicial personnel and practitioners.

Title IV: Strengthening Education and Training

  • Provides $7.5 million funding for training, consultation and technical assistance on domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault against women with disabilities.
  • Includes a priority area for technical assistance on the requirements of shelters and programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Reauthorizes rape prevention programs for education, training, hotlines and awareness campaigns at $80 million per year for five years.
  • Directs the National Institute of Justice to work with the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Academy of Sciences to develop a research agenda on violence against women.
  • Directs the Attorney General to establish a task force to develop a coordinated strategy for research on domestic violence in consultation with national domestic violence groups.
  • Directs the Attorney General to evaluate existing standards for sexual assault forensic exams and develop a national recommended protocol and training.
  • Reauthorizes education and training programs on issues raised by domestic violence and child sexual assault in custody and visitation.

Title V: Battered Immigrant Women

  • Improves access to cancellation of removal, suspension of deportation and other immigration protections for victims of domestic violence.
  • Creates exceptions to moral character provisions for acts or convictions related to battering or extreme cruelty.
  • Allows funding in VAWA grant programs to be used for immigration assistance.

Sep. 28, 2005 – NNEDV