Congress’s commitment to improving the national response to domestic violence has made a difference for domestic violence victims. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) enacted by Congress in 1984 has been the lifeblood of core domestic violence programs, including shelters and outreach programs in communities nationwide. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first authorized in 1994, was designed to improve criminal justice responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to increase the availability of services for victims of these crimes.
The 2000 Alabama State Legislature passed key bills to improve the lives of women living in domestic violence. As a result
In an effort to further improve the state’s response to domestic violence, the 2011 Alabama State Legislature made laws even tougher and through the provisions:
We are currently watching the following bills:
|HB 156||CLOUSE||Coalition Against Domestic Violence, appropriation, operations plan and audited financial statement required, quarterly and end-of-year reports required|
|HB 252||MCCUTCHEON||Domestic violence, shelters, domestic violence defined, operation and funding of domestic violence shelters, fee for divorce petition distributed to district attorneys for funding of domestic violence shelters, Secs. 30-6-1, 30-6-6, 30-6-7, 30-6-11 am'd.|
|SB 141||SCOFIELD||Capital offenses, murder of a person with a protection order issued against the defendant, included, Kelley's Law,|
|HB 253||BARTON||Human trafficking, penalties enhanced for subsequent convictions, sex offenders|
Remember it only takes a few moments to contact your Legislator and make a significant difference in the lives of domestic violence victims and their families.