By Jueseppi B.
The U.S. Senate just passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a bi-partisan 68-31 vote, after defeating an amendment that would have re-written the bill and excluded protections for LGBT victims by a vote of 36-63
Studies indicate that LGBT people experience domestic violence at roughly the same rate as the general population. Unfortunately, many LGBT victims have not been receiving the services they need because service providers and law enforcement are not engaged in outreach to the LGBT community, lack the cultural competency to effectively work with LGBT victims or do not have access to funding for appropriate services.
The VAWA reauthorization bill passed by the Senate strengthens essential services for LGBT victims of domestic violence in three key ways. First, the bill ensures that all programs or activities receiving funding from VAWA…
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