The end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month – but not the problem

While the month may be drawing to an end, the problem is far from solved. Earlier this year, when President Obama signed an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act, which backs local and state efforts, he acknowledged that the rate of sexual assaults has dropped and progress has been made. But he said there is still work to do. The bill’s reauthorization survived criticism by some Republicans over new domestic violence protections for gays and lesbians and the issue of trying accused non-Native American abusers in tribal courts on reservations.

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