The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was created in 1994 and has since led to the creation of new federal rights for victims of domestic violence.   It has also provided more funding for programs such as, "rape prevention, safe homes for women, shelters, and attorney representation for domestic violence victims in court (Digest, 2013)."   The VAWA is essential and provides crucial services to help and protect all victims of domestic violence.
Despite the name, the Violence Against Women Act is not exclusively for women but serves all victims of domestic violence, no matter their gender, race, age, or ethnicity.   "The VAWA provides community approaches to end violence and sexual assault, funds for victim services, such as shelters and the toll-free crisis hotline, legal assistance to victims to get court orders to be able to protect themselves from the abuser or stalker, training for police officers, prosecutors, and judges, and help with grants for victims of child abuse (Digest, 2013)."   However, despite these advantages, the VAWA oversteps the Federal government's constitutional limits on power.   It obstructs with the power of States to pass laws and create programs to meet the needs of individual states and communities.   It limits a states rights to provide their own laws and services related to domestic violence (Digest, 2013).
The Violence Against Women Act, gives access to services that were not available before VAWA.   It is one of the most effective laws passed to end domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.   It has helped to increase the production of better services that provide justice for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.   It has immensely improved law enforcement's responses to violence and has provided crucial services to support all types of abuse victims as they try to escape and overcome abusive situations.   "The VAWA has led to increasing rates of prosecution, conviction, and sentencing of offenders by helping communities...