According to the Washington Blade, the law reauthorizes the 1994 anti-domestic violence measure written by Vice President Biden, which provides funding for the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes crimes against women as well as funding for victims assistance services. From now on, it will also include LGBT people and Native American tribes.
"Because of this bill, we’ll keep in place all the protections and services that Joe described, and, as he said, we’ll expand them to cover even more women," Obama said. "Because this is a country where everybody should be able to pursue their own measure of happiness and live their lives free from fear, no matter who you are, no matter who you love."
What are protections bring by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)?
- To start, all programs (listed on the Department of justice's website: usdoj) which receive funding under VAWA have to help any person no matter her/his sexual orientation or gender.
- Then, the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants to States now explicitly included LGBT people.
According to the Department of justice, the STOP Program promotes a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to enhancing advocacy and improving the criminal justice system's response to violent crimes against women. It encourages the development and improvement of effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to address violent crimes against women and the development and improvement of advocacy and services in cases involving violent crimes against women.
- Lastly, LGBT people will be able to profit like everyone from programs that provide care.