Word is out that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will not be extended by Congress, and will thus lapse for the first time in 25 years. The lapse is a direct result of not being included in a two week stopgap government spending bill. The VAWA supported victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. It authorized funding for social service agencies that aided victims affected by sexual violence, including, but not limited to, funding for shelters, rape crisis centers, and legal support opportunities. In the past there have been reauthorizations of VAWA, but this time it appears the Republicans and Democrats could not get on the same page on the terms of a reauthorization, thus the lapse. Time will tell how this will impact domestic violence events/ incidents in the future.
Due to the myriad of things to consider in a domestic violence criminal case, it is always best to consult with a Seattle domestic violence attorney when facing a DV related criminal charge. The Seattle domestic violence lawyers that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle domestic violence attorneys that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for crime all across Western Washington and the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances of the given case. So, whether cited for domestic violence related assault, malicious mischief, property destruction or some other crime, protect yourself … call SQ Attorneys immediately at 206.441.0900.