Heritage Foundation report strongly suggests that VAWA sucks

April 20, 2012


Talking Points

  • Under the U.S. constitutional framework, police power is reserved to the states, and all states have laws to protect all citizens from crimes against them, including domestic violence against women. The battle against domestic violence shouldbe waged, and paid for, primarily at the state and local levels.
  • The reauthorization bill for the Violence Against Women Act—S. 1925—engages in mission creep by expanding VAWA to men and prisoners, despite the lack of rigorous evaluations to determine the effectiveness of existing VAWA programs.
  • S. 1925 expands the already duplicative grant programs authorized by VAWA.
  • Without precedent, the bill surrenders the rights of average Americans to racially exclusive tribal courts.
  • Instead of working to fix the bill’s substantive problems, proponents characterize opponents of S. 1925 as anti-woman and pro-domestic violence—an absurd proposition that stifles genuine debate on the legislation’s many problems.

Read the entire report here: http://www.insideronline.org/summary.cfm?id=17198

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