Violence Against Women Act

While tremendous progress has been made since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first enacted, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are still significant problems facing women, men, families, and communities. The new VAWA bill signed into law by President Obama March 7, 2013 will continue effective programs, make targeted expansions to address the needs of especially vulnerable populations, and help prevent violence in future generations.

Dating Violence Resources

If you are having an emergency, please call 911. If you have been abused and need help, please reach out to the Dating Abuse Helpline by phone call (1-866-331-9474), text (text “loveis” to 22522) or online chat.

Teens/Young Adults

  • Understanding Teen Dating Violence: Fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control explaining what dating violence is; how dating violence affects health; who is at risk for dating violence; and how to prevent dating violence.
  • Healthy Relationships: Information from on forming healthy relationships and working through problems in relationships.
  • Relationship Safety: Questions and answers from to help understand how to spot an unhealthy relationship and what to do if you or a friend is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship.
  • What is Rape?: Information from about what rape and sexual assault are, what you should know about date rape drugs, who you can call for help, and tips on how to protect yourself.
  • Dating Violence Resources: Hotline numbers and a list of links to other resources from the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women.
  • Sexual Assault Resources: Hotline numbers and a list of links to other resources from the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women.
  • Sexual Assault Fact Sheet: Information from on what sexual assault is, what to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted, where to go for help, how to lower your risk of sexual assault, and how to help someone who has been sexually assaulted.
  • Not Alone: Not Alone is a website created by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. It combats sexual violence by providing resources for survivors of all identities, allies, advocates, and universities. Visitors can search for existing federal data, reports, documents, and resources regarding sexual violence. Students and advocates can locate federal services; learn about their legal rights; read about how to file a complaint; and track reports on university compliance. Universities and advocates can review federal guidance, learn more about relevant legislation, and examine promising practices on tracking and preventing campus violence.




Latest Research

  • CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): On December 14, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) 2010 Summary Report.  The findings show that, on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.  Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story –1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetimes, the vast majority before the age of 25.These findings demonstrate that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are important and widespread public health problems in the United States.  The report underscores the heavy toll of this violence, particularly on women; the immediate impacts of victimization; and the lifelong health consequences of these forms of violence. 
  • Shifting Boundaries: A Summary of Findings from a National Institute of Justice Experimental Evaluation of a Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program in New York City Middle Schools: The National Institute of Justice has released a study by Bruce Taylor, Ph.D., Nan D. Stein, Ed.D., Dan Woods, Ph.D., Elizabeth Mumford, Ph.D., which examines the impact of a dating violence prevention program for middle school students in a large urban school district.  Researchers concluded that a comprehensive school program was effective in reducing dating violence and sexual harassment. 

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