The new authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed 69-31 by the Senate will, for the first time, include specific protections for LGBT victims of domestic, stalking and dating violence.
The updated bill acknowledges that LGBT abuse survivors are “underserved populations”, and forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in shelters for abuse victims.
The VAWA was first passed in 1995, largely the brainchild of then-Sen. Joe Biden, and provides funding for agencies and resources aimed at aiding the victims of domestic, sexual and stalking-related violence. The bill must now clear the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
“Very little of those [provided] services have been focused on LGBTQ people over the past 17 years. However, today’s vote helps address this inequity in services,” the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs said in a statement. “On this historic day, where the country moved one step closer to ensuring that all survivors have access to life-saving resources, we want to urge the House of Representatives to follow suit.”
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