First signed into law in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been credited with helping reduce domestic violence by two-thirds. VAWA is a federal law aimed at ending violence against women. On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing VAWA for another five years. The reauthorization gives $659 million a year over five years for VAWA programs intended to help end violence against women. The bill also expanded protection for domestic violence victims.