The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted in 1994 to raise awareness of domestic violence and assault crimes against women. VAWA applies to all American citizens regardless of gender or sexual orientation. 

VAWA has been amended and modified several times since 1994, always requiring institutions to review and update their current policies and procedures to comply with the new requirements for handing sexual violence on campus. 

Colleges and universities must follow this legislation, if they are deemed non-compliant, it can result in significant fines. 

Under VAWA, higher education institutions are required to do the following: 

  • Report domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, beyond crime categories the Clery Act already mandates.
  • Adopt certain student discipline procedures, such as for notifying purported victims of their rights. 
  • Adopt certain institutional policies to address and prevent campus sexual violence, such as to train in particular institutional personnel. 
In 2013, President Obama reauthorized VAWA and amended it with the Campus SaVE (SaVE) Act to increase transparency requirements for higher education institutions, guarantee rights for survivors, form disciplinary standards, and require education prevention programs campus-wide. 
To learn more about the SaVE Act, please click here

How SafeColleges Can Help

The SafeColleges Training System includes Primary Sexual Violence Prevention courses that comply with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Campus SaVE (SaVE) Act. Our reality-based interpersonal violence prevention training, which is customized by student type, educates students about consent, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, as well as the realities of sexual assault, dating violences, domestic violence, and more!

The SafeColleges Online Tip Reporting System can be used to prevent and investigate sexual assault, hazing, discrimination, threats of violence and more on your campus. SafeColleges Alert lets students, faculty and staff anonymously report tips to your administration 24/7 from any web-enabled device. Users can submit tips through the SafeColleges Alert mobile app, phone, text, email, and website.

For more information on the SafeColleges Online Training System and our Primary Sexual Violence Prevention course or the SafeColleges Online Tip Reporting System, please contact us at 1.800.434.0154 or Free trials are available