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Story Retrieval Date: 3/1/2015 5:00:00 AM CST
• Fewer people are experiencing domestic violence.
o Between 1993 to 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined 67%;
o Between 1993 to 2007, the rate of intimate partner homicides of females decreased 35% and the rate of intimate partner homicides of males decreased 46%.
• More victims are reporting domestic and sexual violence to police, and reports to police are resulting in more arrests.
• VAWA has improved the criminal justice response to violence against women by:
o Holding rapists accountable for their crimes by strengthening federal penalties for repeat sex offenders and creating a federal “rape shield law,” which is intended to prevent offenders from using victims’ past sexual conduct against them during a rape trial;
o Mandating that victims, no matter their income levels, are not forced to bear the expense of their own rape exams or for service of a protection order;
o Keeping victims safe by requiring that a victim’s protection order will be recognized and enforced in all state, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions within the United States.