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Note:  The information on this website is designed to:  (a) communicate the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (as reauthorized in 2005 and 2013), and (b) offer recommended practices for implementation.  The goal is to highlight examples of communities striving to achieve a higher standard of the “spirit of the law,” rather than simply meeting the “letter of the law” for VAWA forensic compliance.  It is critically important that readers consult state laws and regulations, as well as local policies and protocols, because they may have additional requirements beyond those included in VAWA 2005 and VAWA 2013.  For more information specific to your state or territory, contact the STOP Grant Administrator or coalition of advocacy organizations providing services for sexual assault victims.  A listing is available from the website for the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. 
VAWA 2013 Prohibits Exam Costs for Victims and Requires Public Education

VAWA 2013 is the most recent authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

This EVAWI training bulletin reviews forensic compliance issues within the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) addressing a sexual assault victim's access to a medical forensic exam, with specific emphasis on the new most recent VAWA reauthorization in 2013. States and territories have until March 2016 to certify that they are in compliance with VAWA 2013 provisions.

For more information, please visit our Forensic Compliance Background Page.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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