Emily M. Wright is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and an assistant vice chancellor for research and creative activity at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is also a member of the Cherokee Nation.
Lawmakers in the nation’s capital have an opportunity to fix a longstanding problem with the landmark legislation to prevent domestic violence: its failure to protect Indigenous women. The 1994 Violence Against Women Act, or what is commonly called “VAWA,” was the first federal law criminalizing domestic violence. VAWA aimed to protect women by making battering […]