With the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, Congress has enhanced the legal protections and resources available to help prevent domestic assaults and other violence against Native American women. Previous versions of the Act had left Native women out of eligiblity to access important programs and funding.
Commenting on the revised legislation, which President Obama has promised to sign, Attorney General Eric Holder stated:
“Congress has also taken an historic step to finally close the loophole that left many Native American women without adequate protection. With this bill, tribes and the federal government can better work together to address domestic violence against Native American women, who experience the highest rates of assault in the United States. The bill also provides funding to improve the criminal justice response to sexual assault, ensuring that victims can access the services they need to heal. And it will help to build on evidence-based practices for reducing domestic violence homicides and prevent violence against our nation’s children, teens, and young adults."