Gender-based violence is a pervasive violation of human rights throughout the world, and increasing victims’ access to justice is a critical part of expanding the rule of law. Despite international efforts to address gender-based violence, victims still face many obstacles to achieving justice. Such obstacles often involve the absence of legal protections, the degree to which victims know of their rights and have access to legal services, and the prevalence of untrained or biased legal institutions.
Passage of the International Violence Against Women Act would incorporate efforts to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls around the world into U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance programs.
H.R.1340, the International Violence Against Women Act of 2015 was introduced in the House on March 6, 2015 by a lengthy list of bipartisan sponsors.
S. 713, the International Violence Against Women Act of 2015, was introduced in the Senate on March 11, 2015 by original sponsors Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
ABA Policy and Advocacy
ABA Policy – In August 2008, the ABA adopted a policy urging federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments to adopt legislation and appropriate funding to strengthen protection and assistance for victims of gender-based violence within the United States and abroad and urging Congress to enact and fund the International Violence Against Women Act or similar legislation.