Dr. Tara N. Richards is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a faculty lead in SCCJ’s victimology and victim studies research lab. Her research and teaching expertise focuses on sexual assault, intimate partner violence and the role of gender in criminal justice system.
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 […]