President Signs a Comprehensive Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

Inclusive, APA-supported version of the bill is enacted into law

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (P.L. 1134) into law, marking the culmination of multiple years of advocacy by APA members and staff. The comprehensive reauthorization was passed with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate and House, and includes key provisions to provide greater protections for immigrants, LGBT, and American Indian, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander survivors. The law also includes key language sought by APA to improve the health care system’s response to intimate partner violence by:

  • Integrating treatment and referral for domestic and sexual violence into family planning, adolescent health and home visitation programs.

  • Supporting partners — including health professional schools, allied health training programs, and national health and trauma-related associations — to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate education and training curricula to respond to lifetime exposure to violence and abuse.

  • Providing for research to evaluate effective interventions within the health care setting to prevent violence and abuse across the life span; to address and prevent the physical and mental health effects of such violence; and to improve the safety and physical and mental health of individuals that are currently being victimized.

President Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act

President Barack Obama signs S. 47, the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013,” (VAWA), which reauthorizes several Violence Against Women Act grant programs through FY 2018; and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 through FY 2017, in the Sidney R. Yates Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., March 7, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)