Nightly News   |  March 07, 2013

Obama signs expanded Violence Against Women Act

The law, first passed in 1994, makes it easier to prosecute domestic violence crimes in federal court and now provides extended coverage to immigrants, gays and lesbians. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> also today, the president signed a reauthorization of the violence against women act , first passed back in 1994 . but recently held up because of budget fighting, of all things. the law makes it easier to prosecute domestic violence crimes in federal court , provides funding for services, including battered women's shelters and hotlines. during today's ceremony, the president said, quote, all women have the right to live free from fear.