President signs reauthorized Violence Against Women Act

03/07/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – President Barack Obama has signed into law the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which contains expanded protections for gays, Native Americans, lesbians, transgender persons and undocumented immigrants. As reported by The Ticket, Obama signed the measure on Thursday.

Obama is quoted in the report as stating of the protections afforded by the bill during a signing ceremony, “All women deserve to live free from fear.”

The original legislation was enacted in 1994, and among other things, established a national domestic violence hotline.

Obama is further quoted as stating of the original measure, “It didn’t just change the rules, it changed our culture… It made clear to victims that they were not alone, that they always had a place to go and they always had people on their side.”

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