First authorized by Congress in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has created a comprehensive response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
As a result of this life-saving measure, community-based agencies have provided enhanced services that keep victims safe and the criminal justice system has held more offenders accountable for their actions.
This application is a step in enabling young women and men to take an active role in the prevention of dating violence and sexual assault.
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However, few tools currently exist to proactively prevent violence and abuse from occurring.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are collaborating with the Office of the Vice President (OVP) to help prevent sexual assault and dating violence on college campuses.
Domestic violence is among the leading causes of family homelessness and costs the U. economy billions each year in lost worker productivity.
Sexual violence also continues at alarming rates: One in five young women will be sexually assaulted during her college experience, often resulting in ongoing trauma and creating barriers to finishing school.
This application is envisioned to empower young people, in real time, to look out for their friends in order to prevent violence or assault before it occurs.
The application should also be designed to provide potential bystanders with real-time support from friends and access to resources that will encourage them to intervene before abusive behavior happens and educate them about how to do so safely and effectively.
VAWA 2013 reauthorized and improved upon lifesaving services for all victims of domestic violence and included critical protections for immigrants, LGBT victims, Native women, college students and youth, and public housing residents. 2008.; Cassandra Archer et al., Institute for Law and Justice, National Evaluation of the Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies Program 14 (Nov.
Read more about VAWA 2013 from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
The application envisioned will offer individuals a way to connect with trusted friends in real-time to prevent abuse or violence from occurring.