Sen. Joseph Biden recently introduced Senate Bill 1197, the Violence Against Women Act of 2005. Since the first VAWA was passed in 1994, tremendous strides have been made toward ending some of the most horrific domestic abuse. As a community activist who has worked to eradicate domestic violence, I am proud of the changes brought about by the VAWA. It has been effective medicine but it has produced some awful side effects.
The domestic violence community is now a billion-dollar industry, creating political fiefdoms of unprecedented power in our local communities. We