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Vote Alert: Violence Against Women Act

Conservative Review

The original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 made domestic violence a federal crime, in addition to a state or local crime. This reauthorization of VAWA made changes that allowed for "emotional distress" to be classified as domestic violence. While conservatives abhor domestic violence and advocate for the rule of law, the lack of authority for this legislation in the Constitution gives conservatives pause. Conservatives have argued that state and local governments are better equipped to stop domestic violence than the federal government. This bill was approved in the House 286 – 138 on Feb. 28, 2013 and was later signed by the president on Mar. 7, 2013.

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Conservative position: NO

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