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What is Barack Obama's position on domestic violence?

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Question: What is Barack Obama's position on domestic violence?
Answer: Barack Obama was the chief sponsor of the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), designed to help domestic violence victims keep their jobs. The bill enables an employee who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or who has a family member who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, to take time off from work to seek medical attention or obtain health or legal services. VESSA was signed into law in August 2003.

Obama co-sponsored and helped reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which provides funding and support to communities, nonprofit organizations, and police to combat domestic violence, Teen Pregnancysexual assault, and stalking. The bill establishes a sexual assault services program and provides education grants to prevent domestic violence. VAWA was signed into law in January 2006.

Barack Obama's position on women's issues:

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