New features of VAWA include:
- rape survivor services. Previously only rape prevention had been funded by the act.
- housing provisions are greatly improved, including the possibility that a tenant can break a lease to flee an abuser.
- allowing for the possibility of using a PO Box instead of a street address on legal identification. Some survivors of family violence really do need to obscure their address and now they can do that.
- health care services, and
- employment protection.
I'm still scratching my head over the men's-rights advocates' insistence on language "clarifying" that family violence services are gender-neutral. They've always been available to men, which I'm sure these advocates know. So, nothing changed, and they're claiming it as a big victory. Carry on, fellas. The rest of us have actual work to do.