Tameka L. Gillum, associate professor of Public Health, provided expert testimony at a Feb. 11 congressional briefing in support of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The 1994 VAWA had previously been reauthorized twice with bipartisan support and cooperation between the House and the Senate. However, it hit a roadblock in 2012 when House and Senate versions of the bill diverged on a number of important provisions. The briefing was organized by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, a non-partisan international, educational and scientific group of psychologists and allied scientists who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social issues and seek to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems. The briefing aimed to provide social scientific information on contested provisions of the bill. Specifically, the expert panel shared research relevant to violence against LGBTQ, ethnic minority, Native American and immigrant women. The panel included Gillum and three other nationally recognized experts in this area.
The reauthorization successfully passed the Senate on Feb. 12 and was approved by the House last week.