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Hoosier Reps Vote To Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

If it had not been reauthorized, many women's groups were worried facilities that help women and men facing the threat of domestic violence could be closed.

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Middle Way House's Gate. Proponents of the bill worried its lack of passage could have hurt women's shelters across the nation.

CORRECTION: The original story listed all of Indiana’s congressional delegation voting for the bill. There was one who voted against it.

Eight of Indiana’s nine congressional delegation in the House of Representatives Wednesday voted for the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Indiana’s Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman was the lone detractor in the state.

President Obama used his State of the Union address in February to call on congress to vote for the measure. If it had not been reauthorized, many women’s groups were worried facilities that help women and men facing the threat of domestic violence could be closed.

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Opponents of VAWA however, say it provides unfair legal funds to women who claim abuse. They say that money is not available to the yet unconvinced men who have been accused of domestic violence.

The 2013 Violence Against Women Act passed the Senate earlier this month, with both Senators Coats and Donnelly voting in favor of it.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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