H.R.1585: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1585) is a five-year reauthorization of the VAWA (part of which has been expired since Dember of 2018) that would expand and strenth existing federal law.
Spricflicy, this bill would :
• Authorize $4.5 billion over five years for DOJ to make grants to state, local, tribal, and nonprofit entities for programs to reduce violence against women. These grants would cover legal assistance for victims, outreach services for victims of rural domestic violence, and training for investigators and prosecutors of sexual assault crimes.
• Appropriate $374 million over five years to new VAWA federal programs such as housing vouchers for domestic violence victims, domestic violence training for HUD administers, and Bureau of Prisons violence prevention programs.
• Expand eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits to individuals who voluntarily separate from work because they are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or sexual or other harassment.
• Reauthorizes the National Resource Center on Workplace Responses, protects employees from being fired because they are survivors
• Expand the provision that bars individuals convicted of spousal abuse from purchasing a firearm to also include violence committed by dating partners.
• Promote trauma-informed training for law enforcement designed to prevent retraumatization of victims.
• Require the CDC to submit a report on best practices related to rape prevention and education, and the activities funded by VAWA grants.
S. 2843 is the Senate companion bill introduced by Sen. Dianne FeinsteinView Full Overview