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How does the Violence Against Women Act protect victims of domestic violence?

| Sep 15, 2020 | Firm News |

Unfortunately, many women in the Omaha area have been the victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of education level, location, race, or income. Fortunately, there are laws that help women who have been abused.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a federal law passed in 1994 and updated in 2000, 2005 and 2013, aims to protect women against domestic violence in the United States. There are several things the law offers women:

  • Protect immigrant victims of domestic violence and help prevent violence among immigrant populations
  • Community resources brought together to protect women. These include nonprofits, criminal justice system and social service system
  • Support for domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers and other community organizations working to prevent and help domestic violence
  • Federal prosecution of interstate domestic violence charges
  • Legal assistance program for victims of domestic violence
  • Tribal courts have the ability to prosecute domestic violence cases regardless of whether the aggressor is a tribal member

These and many other protections are part of the Violence Against Women Act. If a person is a victim of domestic violence they may want to speak with an attorney. There are many steps an attorney can take to help protect their client from their abuser and move forward with their lives. An attorney can help their client obtain a restraining order which can prohibit the abuser from having any contact with the victim. They can also file a lawsuit against the abuser for the financial losses or other pain the victim suffered because of the abuse. They can also help their client file for divorce.