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house Bill H.R. 6797

Should the Violence Against Women Act Be Reauthorized?

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The Violence Against Women Act is a landmark piece of legislation that’s done immeasurable good for women by improving their safety and providing vital funding for combating domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other forms of violence against women and minority groups, such as those who identify as LGBTQ.

OWorthyFool's Opinion
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12/27/2018
Women and queer people face increasing violence as this political atmosphere continues to fester. We must do all we can to protect and empower them.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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12/27/2018
The biggest danger to men is heart disease, and the biggest danger to women is men. MURDER In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner.1 That’s an average of three women every day. Of all the women murdered in the U.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.2 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Intimate Partner Violence or Battering) Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.3 According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.4 Less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury.5 SEXUAL VIOLENCE According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006. That’s more than 600 women every day.6 Other estimates, such as those generated by the FBI, are much lower because they rely on data from law enforcement agencies. A significant number of crimes are never even reported for reasons that include the victim’s feeling that nothing can/will be done and the personal nature of the incident.7 THE TARGETS Young women, low-income women and some minorities are disproportionately victims of domestic violence and rape. Women ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of nonfatal domestic violence8, and women age 24 and under suffer from the highest rates of rape.9 The Justice Department estimates that one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college years, and that less than five percent of these rapes will be reported.10 Income is also a factor: the poorer the household, the higher the rate of domestic violence — with women in the lowest income category experiencing more than six times the rate of nonfatal intimate partner violence as compared to women in the highest income category.11 When we consider race, we see that African-American women face higher rates of domestic violence than white women, and American-Indian women are victimized at a rate more than double that of women of other races.12 IMPACT ON CHILDREN According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, “growing up in a violent home may be a terrifying and traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of a child’s life, growth and development. . . . children who have been exposed to family violence suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as bed-wetting or nightmares, and were at greater risk than their peers of having allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and flu.” In addition, women who experience physcial abuse as children are at a greater risk of victimization as adults, and men have a far greater (more than double) likelihood of perpetrating abuse. 13 IMPACT ON HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the cost of domestic violence in 2003 was more than over $8.3 billion. This cost includes medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity. 14. RESOURCES 1Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Homicide Victims by Gender 2Bureau of Justice Statistics, There has been a decline in homicide of intimates, especially male victims 3Deptartment of Justice, About Domestic Violence 4Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (PDF) 5National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Domestic Violence Facts (PDF) 6Bureau of Justice Statistics (table 2, page 15), Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2006 Statistical Tables 7US Census Bureau (page 12), National Crime Victimization Survey (PDF) 8Bureau of Justice Statistics, Victim Characteristics: Age 9Bureau of Justice Statistics (table 4, page 17) Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2006 Statistical Tables (PDF) 10National Institute of Justice (pages 6-7), Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Are Doing About It (PDF) 11Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S.: Victims 12Bureau of Justice Statistics, Victim Characteristics: Race 13Family Violence Prevention Fund, The Facts on Children and Domestic Violence 14CDC, Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (PDF)
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davidf's Opinion
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12/27/2018
More than just reauthorization is needed. This bill needs to be improved and expanded to bring it up to date.
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Argument opposed

The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization shouldn’t simply extend funding for its programs — meaningful improvements to the Violence Against Women Act to strengthen its provisions and improve its ability to protect women. Congress should pass a different reauthorization bill, which modernizes the law to account for more crimes.

Cosmo 's Opinion
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12/27/2018
Should also have a Violence Against Male Act too. Men and Women have changed considerably since the 1940’s - 1970’s. The new life Order provides for either sex to be dominant in a relationship. Liberation of the sexes now requires both sexes to be viewed through unbiased lenses. I think the days of looking at a woman and think she’s like you mother, is over. Now both sexes are equal and equally capable of similar sexual advances.
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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12/27/2018
Though the act helps protect women and LGBTQ individuals from stalking domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence; what about having an act that helps protect males. If we want everyone to be treated fairly we must actually treat everyone the same male and/or female.
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PhilAlban's Opinion
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12/27/2018
Agree with the position of not just rubber-stamping the existing act. Improvement and new knowledge should quickly be implemented and a new, better, possibly more far reaching act should be authorized.
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    Women and queer people face increasing violence as this political atmosphere continues to fester. We must do all we can to protect and empower them.
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    Should also have a Violence Against Male Act too. Men and Women have changed considerably since the 1940’s - 1970’s. The new life Order provides for either sex to be dominant in a relationship. Liberation of the sexes now requires both sexes to be viewed through unbiased lenses. I think the days of looking at a woman and think she’s like you mother, is over. Now both sexes are equal and equally capable of similar sexual advances.
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    I am think it should be Permanent!
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    The biggest danger to men is heart disease, and the biggest danger to women is men. MURDER In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner.1 That’s an average of three women every day. Of all the women murdered in the U.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.2 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Intimate Partner Violence or Battering) Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.3 According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.4 Less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury.5 SEXUAL VIOLENCE According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006. That’s more than 600 women every day.6 Other estimates, such as those generated by the FBI, are much lower because they rely on data from law enforcement agencies. A significant number of crimes are never even reported for reasons that include the victim’s feeling that nothing can/will be done and the personal nature of the incident.7 THE TARGETS Young women, low-income women and some minorities are disproportionately victims of domestic violence and rape. Women ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of nonfatal domestic violence8, and women age 24 and under suffer from the highest rates of rape.9 The Justice Department estimates that one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college years, and that less than five percent of these rapes will be reported.10 Income is also a factor: the poorer the household, the higher the rate of domestic violence — with women in the lowest income category experiencing more than six times the rate of nonfatal intimate partner violence as compared to women in the highest income category.11 When we consider race, we see that African-American women face higher rates of domestic violence than white women, and American-Indian women are victimized at a rate more than double that of women of other races.12 IMPACT ON CHILDREN According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, “growing up in a violent home may be a terrifying and traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of a child’s life, growth and development. . . . children who have been exposed to family violence suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as bed-wetting or nightmares, and were at greater risk than their peers of having allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and flu.” In addition, women who experience physcial abuse as children are at a greater risk of victimization as adults, and men have a far greater (more than double) likelihood of perpetrating abuse. 13 IMPACT ON HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the cost of domestic violence in 2003 was more than over $8.3 billion. This cost includes medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity. 14. RESOURCES 1Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Homicide Victims by Gender 2Bureau of Justice Statistics, There has been a decline in homicide of intimates, especially male victims 3Deptartment of Justice, About Domestic Violence 4Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (PDF) 5National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Domestic Violence Facts (PDF) 6Bureau of Justice Statistics (table 2, page 15), Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2006 Statistical Tables 7US Census Bureau (page 12), National Crime Victimization Survey (PDF) 8Bureau of Justice Statistics, Victim Characteristics: Age 9Bureau of Justice Statistics (table 4, page 17) Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2006 Statistical Tables (PDF) 10National Institute of Justice (pages 6-7), Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Are Doing About It (PDF) 11Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S.: Victims 12Bureau of Justice Statistics, Victim Characteristics: Race 13Family Violence Prevention Fund, The Facts on Children and Domestic Violence 14CDC, Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (PDF)
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    More than just reauthorization is needed. This bill needs to be improved and expanded to bring it up to date.
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    Of course it should. Immediately!
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    Something as critical as this should NEVER be contingent upon a government shutdown
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    Make it permanent.
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    Though the act helps protect women and LGBTQ individuals from stalking domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence; what about having an act that helps protect males. If we want everyone to be treated fairly we must actually treat everyone the same male and/or female.
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    It is astounding to me in this day and age that we have not made violence against women a permenant law. Violence against women is on the rise world wide. Shame on every woman who does not stand in stopping this atrocity. We are the majority in this country and the world and we still have “sisters” that are complicit in this violence. Make violence against women a permanent crime with the harshest penalties.
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    Agree with the position of not just rubber-stamping the existing act. Improvement and new knowledge should quickly be implemented and a new, better, possibly more far reaching act should be authorized.
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    WHY IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION?? Why don’t you just enact a law that violence against men (think castration) is fine. GOD - what is WRONG with you people? Do you even THINK about what this means? You have blood on your hands.
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    The world is not flat, yet when I look at this Congress and the bill to help with providing Women a stronger concern for their rights and safety. I only get Fiery because everyone that has a vote on the reauthorization of this bill, has a mother. How dumb are our legislators who voted for a permanent tax brake for the wealthy and then not pass this bill is to be voted out of office. When the treatment for women are at steak, I get Fierce-because We all have a mother and who would want their mother to be mistreated or not protected from a weak man. That weakness that a man displays by being violent over a precious woman needs jail time. I for one as we approach the end of this year and usher in a New Year, I say the messenger has been working for you. Catch me.
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    H.R. 6797 AKA the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) I’m all for House bill H.R. would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds a broad range of programs, largely at the Depts. of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS), addressing sexual assault and sexual violence, through 2019. (The program's authorization lapsed on December 8, 2018.) The Violence Against Women Act is a landmark piece of legislation that’s done immeasurable good for women by improving their safety and providing vital funding for combating domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other forms of violence against women and minority groups, such as those who identify as LGBTQ. SneakyPete.... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*27*18.....
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    Only heartless misogynists would want victims of violence to lose access to resources & protections.
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    It's sad, but women in order to be protected must have a law past by Congress
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    I mean, unless you hate women I can't see any reason why you wouldn't want this.
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    Quit acting like women are the problem. This needs to be reauthorized now. Without addenda and concessions. No more protecting of people who act violently.
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    Duh it should be the law forevermore.
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    It should be a LAW FOREVER AND IT DAMNED WELL BETTER BE! EVEN YOU ASSHOLES IN CONGRESS HAD TO HAVE MOTHERS. WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO BE YOUR WIFE OR GIVE BIRTH TO sons or DAUGHTERS IS BEYOND ME. JUST DO THE RIGHT THING FOR A CHANGE!
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