Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds a great number of domestic violence service programs across Maryland, has been delayed in Congress’ rush to head home for the fall campaign season. Funding under the Act is extended for two to three months, but a year-long authorization and appropriation is needed to enshrine improvements in the program. Much debate on the House re-authorization bill, which is backed by 163 Democrats and no Republicans, is still needed.
The proposed House re-authorization bill:
- promotes stable housing for victims of domestic violence and stalking stay in stable housing situations;
- bars evictions based on the actions of an abuser; and
- expands firearms laws to ensure that partners under protective orders or convicted of dating violence or stalking are prohibited from having a gun.