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After months of political debate, the Violence Against Women Act has been renewed. President Obama is poised to sign the bill into law.
VAWA, first passed in 1994, provides funding and legal protections for women who are victims of abuse. But in 2011, the law expired and Congress was unable to pass a reauthorization. Much of the problem centered on new provisions that would expand some parts of VAWA.
Those provisions are now final, and some of the changes are significant. Here are seven things you need to know about the Violence Against Women Act's renewal: