Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Friday, August 12, 2011

VAWA Must Be Rewritten

The Violence Against Women Act, known as VAWA for short, was created to help abused women, not abused men. It is very sex discriminatory. It has evolved into a de facto welfare system noted for broad definitions of what is domestic violence, loose eligibility criteria, open-ended benefits, and a billion-dollar flow of taxpayers money every year to radical feminist groups. Waste, fraud, and false allegations are widespread. Shelters are filled with homeless and drug-abusing women claiming to be victims of abuse, who never presented any credible evidence of abuse, while real victims are often turned away. False allegations of domestic violence are very common. That contributes to family breakdown and diverts the financial help that should go to real victims of abuse.

The Domestic Violence legislation is up for renewal this year, and it is time to have rigorous auditing procedures to curb waste and fraud and establish accountability. The revised VAWA law should use an accurate definition of domestic violence, such as: "any act or threatened act of violence, including any forceful detention of an individual, which results or threatens to result in physical injury." We should allow the counseling of couples when appropriate, as well as programs to help couples to terminate use of illegal drugs.

The feminists use these funds to lobby state officials, law enforcement personnel, and even judges to accept the feminist ideology that the woman must always be believed without presenting any evidence, and that women are naturally victims and men are naturally batterers. And finally, the name of the Violence Against Women Act should be made gender neutral by changing the name to Partner Violence Reduction Act.

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