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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/113/1/s47.
The Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) was first authorized in 1994 as title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. The Act was enacted in response to the growing concern of violent crime, particularly against women during the 1980s and early 1990s, and is a coordinated effort by law enforcement, judicial personnel, the public and private sector to meet the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) coordinates the effort at the federal level. Since its creation in 1995, a total of $4.7 billion has been awarded in grants and cooperative agreements by OVW. In 2011 alone, OVW issued 832 grants totaling $453 million.
VAWA has been reauthorized on two separate occasions – 2000 and 2005. VAWA’s last reauthorization expired at the end of FY2011. Despite its expiration, the programs continue to be funded. In FY 2012, a total of $599.8 million was appropriated for both the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. (The Department of Justice received $412 million and the Department of Health and Human Services received $187.3 million). In the 112th Congress, both the House and Senate passed separate reauthorization bills. The House passed H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act 2012, by a vote of 222-205 (See Roll Call#258). The Senate passed S. 1925 the Violence Against Women Reauthorization of 2012, by a vote 68-31. (See Roll Call #87).
 See (PL103-322).
 For more information on the previous two reauthorizations, see CRS Report, The Violence Against Women Act: Overview, Legislation, and Federal Funding, February 4, 2013 pp 9-10.
The House substitute reauthorizes formula and discretionary grant programs implemented by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services for an additional five years at $660 million a year. In addition, the substitute consolidates certain grant programs to streamline the administrative process. In addition, the House substitute does the following:
For the text of the amendment, and a detailed section-by-section, please click here.
CBO has issued a total estimated authorization of $3.28 billion and a total estimated outlay of $2.21 billion over five years.
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