Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Provides for the recognition and enforcement of tribal court protection orders across jurisdictions.
  • Explicitly provides tribal courts with civil jurisdiction over non-Indians in protection order hearings where tribal courts otherwise maintain subject matter and personal jurisdiction.
  • Has been an important source of funding for victim programs and training for law enforcement, courts, prosecution, social services, and community organizations in Indian Country.
  • Has helped efforts to build regional coalitions promoting safety for Indian Women and accountability for abusers.

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