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Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Enforcing Protection Orders Nationwide
Publication Date: Mar 2011
Full faith and credit requires that valid civil and criminal protection orders must be enforced to protect victims wherever a violation of an order occurs, regardless of where the order was issued. In 1994, Congress enacted the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The federal law directs jurisdictions to give full faith and credit to valid protection orders issued by other jurisdictions. 18 U.S.C. § 2265 (2006).