St. Louis County Victim Service Division http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/violence-against-women-act-reauthorization <p>The Violence Against Women Act was originally passed by Congress in 1994, spearheaded by then Senator Joe Biden.&nbsp; But when the act expired in 2011, it took more than a year of wrangling before Congress could come to terms on its reauthorization.&nbsp; When President Obama signed the reauthorization of the act on March 7, several additional groups of women were covered.&nbsp; Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, Native American women on tribal land and immigrants are now protected.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:15:52 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 10176 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization