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Congress first enacted the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994 to improve the nation's criminal justice response to violence against women and establish policies to protect victims and hold offenders accountable. Here, you can find reports to Congress on the effectiveness of VAWA's programs, updated DOJ guidance for law enforcement, and more.

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Reports to Congress

Find reports submitted to Congress on the effectiveness of our grant programs, tribal consultation, and more.

Legislation and Regulations

Learn more about legislation and regulations pertaining to the Office on Violence Against Women and the Violence Against Women Act.

Policing Guidance

Find information about the Department's updated guidance on Improving Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence by Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias.

Local Resources

See our state-by-state guide to find resources for survivors in your state, or you can find the number to a national hotline.

Filing a Civil Rights Complaint

If you believe that you have experienced discrimination from an agency that receives funding from the Justice Department, you are encouraged to file a civil rights complaint.