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Here is a timeline for the Violence Against Women Act, the federal government's response to reports of sexual and domestic violence:
1994: Congress passes the Violence Against Women Act to combat domestic and sexual violence by funding response services within and beyond the criminal justice system.
2000: Congress adds provisions to VAWA specifically to target family members of victims and immigrant victims, and to help create new legal assistance programs.
2005: Congress adds provisions to VAWA to develop prevention efforts, support rape crisis centers and improve programs for victims with disabilities. They also specified that VAWA services be available to children and teenagers, not just adults.
2013: VAWA is reauthorized and modified to extend protections to Native Americans and LGBT people. Within the new VAWA is the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which requires colleges and universities to include domestic and dating violence and stalking in their annual crime reports. It also requires academic institutions to review their sexual assault policies and train their staff to carry them out effectively.
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