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Family Violence - Legislation

This section presents a sample of links to online Federal and State legislation and testimony.

Federal Legislation

Following are examples of specific enacted Federal laws concerning family violence:

  • Promoting Safe and Stable Families: This Act amends the program entitled Promoting Safe and Stable Families under title IV-B, subpart 2 of the Social Security Act and provides new authority to support programs for mentoring children of incarcerated parents. It also amends the Foster Care Independent Living program under title IV-E of that act to provide for educational and training vouchers for youth aging out of foster care.
  • Violence Against Women Act of 2013: The Violence Against Women Act of 2013, enacted on March 7, 2013, improves legal tools and programs addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It also reauthorizes critical grant programs created by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation, establishes new programs, and strengthens Federal laws. 
  • Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994: This law contains three subsections entitled National Stalker and Domestic Violence Reduction, Protections for Battered Immigrant Women and Children, and Safe Homes for Women. 

To conduct a search of Federal legislation, visit Congress.gov.

State Legislation

To learn about legislation that has been enacted or introduced in a specific state, conduct a search of the state's legislature Web site. See the State Legislatures Internet Links section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Web site to locate appropriate sites. NCSL may also be of further assistance in obtaining additional information about legislation at the state-level.

Also, the Department of Health and Human Services' Child Welfare Information Gateway has developed Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence, a factsheet that discusses laws that extend legal protection to children who may be harmed by witnessing acts of domestic violence in their homes. The issues examined include the circumstances that constitute "witnessing" domestic violence and the legal consequence to persons who commit the domestic violence, such as enhanced penalties and fines. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included

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