Joe Biden is a Rockstar (or, the Violence Against Women Act) July 17, 2011Posted by jennie in Uncategorized.
In 1994, Bill Clinton signed into law what The National Organization for Women described as “the greatest breakthrough in civil rights for women in nearly two decades”, The Violence Against Women Act, also known as VAWA. VAWA was drafted by Delaware’s own then-Senator now-Vice President (not bad) of the United States, Joe Biden. It provided $1.6 billion to enhance investigation and prosecution of violent crimes perpetrated against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted.
VAWA was reauthorized by Congress in 2000, again in December 2005, and is up for reauthorization again this year. The Office on Violence Against Women was established within the United States Department of Justice following the reauthorization of VAWA in 2000. It has the authority to administer the grants authorized under VAWA, as well as develop federal policy around issues relating to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. You can check out their informative site here.
In a piece he wrote for The Huffington Post, Joe himself called the VAWA “the single, most important legislative accomplishment in my 32-year-old career in the Senate”. He’s assisted in many areas of domestic violence assistance and prevention, from improvements to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224) to campus safety to legal assistance and housing for victims.
Vice President Biden has also helped raise awareness of domestic violence, and is one of the key motivators for us here at UFC (soon to be equally rockstar renamed). This quote of his from a Glamour interview earlier this year helped some of us to share our own stories:
“We want to start to use all of the technology that is available to young people — encourage young women to share their stories so that they realize they are not alone, they’re not the only one that this has happened to. And to [help them] know there is no circumstance under which a young man or an old man has the right to raise his hand. None.”
We completely agree, Mr. Biden. You are a rockstar.