29 Fam. L.Q. 253 (1995-1996)
Full Faith and Credit: Interstate Enforcement of Protection Orders under the Violence against Women Act of 1994

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Interstate Enforcement of Protection
Orders Under the Violence Against
Women Act of 1994
CATHERINE F. KLEIN*
I. Introduction
In August of 1994, Congress passed the controversial Crime Bill.'
Amidst the controversy, however, there was one act incorporated into
the Bill that received bipartisan support: the Violence Against Women
Act of 1994 (VAWA).2 The VAWA is one of the Crime Bill's largest
crime-prevention programs, providing $1.6 billion to confront the na-
tional problem of gender-based violence.3 The Violence Against
Women Act attempts to make crimes committed against women consid-
ered in the same manner as those motivated by religious, racial, or
political bias. The Violence Against Women Act is intended to respond
both to the underlying attitude that this violence is somehow less serious
* Associate Professor and Director, The Families and the Law Clinic, Columbus
School of Law, The Catholic University of America's clinical domestic violence pro-
gram. The author wishes to express her gratitude to her research assistants, Erin
O'Keefe and Julie Sippel.
1. Pub. L. No. 103-322, 108 Stat. 1796. The Crime Bill provides for $30 billion
for punishment and prevention programs.
2. The Violence Against Women Act of 1994, Pub. L. No. 103-322, Title IV,
108 Stat. 1902-55 (codified in scattered sections of 8 U.S.C.A., 18 U.S.C.A., & 42
U.S.C.A.) [hereinafter VAWA].
3. See MAJORITY STAFF OF SENATE COMM. ON THE JUDICIARY, 103D CONG.,
IST SESS., THE RESPONSES TO RAPE: DETOURS ON THE ROAD TO EQUAL JUSTICE, at
14 (Comm. Print 1993) [hereinafter EQUAL JUSTICE]. The Violence Against Women
Act recognizes that there is no place-home, street, or school-where women are
spared the fear of crime. This bill seeks above all to address the vital necessity and
right of women to be free from violence. Id.

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