• Leahy commended on law’s passage
    March 08,2013
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    The Vermont Center for Independent Living was excited when it learned the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act has passed Congress. VCIL commends Vermont’s own Sen. Leahy for co-sponsoring this very important legislation.

    According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, people with disabilities ages 12-15 experience violent victimization (including rape/sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault) at least twice that of persons without disabilities. In addition, persons with disabilities are more likely to be attacked by persons well known to them or who were casual acquaintances of the victim than persons without disabilities.

    In addition to the updates in the reauthorization around inclusiveness of the LGBTQ community, immigrants and Native Americans, money will be now be provided for accessible shelters and technical assistance to first responders, law enforcement and shelter staff for working with people with disabilities.

    VCIL applauds the efforts of allies from the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services for their work advocating for VAWA’s expanded capability to protect people with disabilities from violence.


    (Executive director,

    Vermont Center for

    Independent Living)

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