In the White House blog, Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, marked the 16th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

Written and championed by then-Senator Biden, VAWA focused on improving the criminal justice response to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Since 1994, VAWA has sent 4 billion dollars to states and local communities to develop specialized law enforcement units, provide services to victims, improve prosecution of these crimes, and train professionals about domestic violence and sexual assault.

White the are many successes, she also notes that “in spite of all this progress, we still have much work to do.”