Violence Against Women Act

Combines provisions to hold offenders accountable with programs to provide services for victims.

Under the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden, Congress recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for a national strategy with the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. This landmark federal legislation’s comprehensive approach to violence against women combined tough new provisions to hold offenders accountable with programs to provide services for the victims of such violence.

Authority: 
US Federal
Citation: 
42 U.S.C. §§ 13925—14045 (2014).