Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that was enacted by Congress in 1994 and reauthorizaed in 2013.  VAWA is aimed at ending crimes referred to as “the big four”:


sexual assault
domestic violence
dating violence


VAWA mandates training, tracking, reporting, and programming specifically focused on each of these “big four” areas, as well as a bystander prevention program.


Enacted in March 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act, is a companion to Title IX and an amendment to the Clery Act that will help bolster the response to and prevention of sexual violence in higher education. The Campus SaVE Act applies to all postsecondary institutions that participate in federal student financial assistance programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

SaVE requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to increase transparency about the scope of sexual violence on campus, guarantee victims enhanced rights, provide for standards in institutional conduct proceedings, and provide campus community wide prevention educational programming.


UVa-Wise is a 2014-2015 Partner Campus for the Red Flag Campaign, a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses.  Another annual awareness event, Take Back the Night, is held each spring.  Additional programming is provided through the Center for Student Development, clubs and organizations, and in the residential communities.  Annual training is provided by members of the Clery Compliance Team.