How Have Recent Social Movements Shaped Civil Rights Legislation
for Women? The 1994 Violence Against Women Act


        In 1994, Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which responded to the inadequacies of state justice systems in dealing with violent crimes against women. This project focuses on a key aspect of the act--Title III--the civil rights provision that gave women victims of violence access to federal courts. Title III was created to establish a remedy for female victims of violence analogous to civil rights suits for injury motivated by race.

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