Posted by on February 28, 2013 - 12:03pm

Today, February 28, the U.S. House of Representatives  voted to pass the Senate’s bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Initially, the House bill excluded specific protections for gay, bisexual or transgender victims of domestic abuse — eliminating “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” from a list of “underserved populations” that face barriers to receiving victim services — and stripped certain provisions regarding Native American women on reservations.  Representative Gwen Moore from Wisconsin, and a victim of domestic and sexual violence herself, advocated the need to pass the Senate version and her efforts prevailed.   This is a significant victory for all women.

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