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Congress passes Violence Against Women Act

Congress passes Violence Against Women Act

The Republican-held House passed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, sending it to President Obama for his signature on Thursday after months of bipartisan back-and-forth.

The reauthorization is hailed as a landmark decision for providing protection to all victims of sexual and domestic violence including same-sex couples, transgender people, immigrants and Native Americans. The newly-passed bill is aimed at reducing domestic abuse and sexual violence by improving the criminal justice response to offenders, strengthening punishments for repeat offenders and focusing on sexual assault prevention.