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Appropriations

 2007 Funding for Domestic Violence Programs

 President Bush’s proposed budget for domestic violence and sexual programs for fiscal year 2007 requested amounts far below the amounts authorized.

 No new VAWA programs received a funding request for FY 2007. Among these programs are set-asides for communities of color, prevention programs, sexual assault services, provisions for long-term housing for victims, programs for Native Women and children and teen services. Without funding, these new programs created in VAWA 2005 will not be able to take effect.

 The President’s budget also asks the Treasury to absorb the balance of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund. This means that in 2008 there will be no VOCA funding in the reserve for states and local victim service providers. VOCA funds come from criminal fines NOT TAX PAYER DOLLARS.

 What you can do? Call your Members of Congress and tell them:

  •  Fully fund all VAWA programs to ensure that lives are saved and that violence is prevented in our communities.
  • Last year’s VAWA reauthorization expanded successful existing programs and included many new community-based programs that essential in stopping the cycle of violence.
  • Without fully-funding VAWA our communities will suffer setbacks in ending these horrible crimes.
  • Reject the President’s decision to rescind the VOCA fund.
  • VOCA is funded from criminal fines and NOT tax payer money.
  • VOCA funds services that help victims recover from all types of crime.

Click here to obtain contact information for your Member of Congress!

Click here to send your Member a letter!

 If your Member is on the House or Senate Appropriations Committee it is critical that you contact them. Click here to see the House Appropriations Committee list. Click here to see the list of Senate Appropriators.

Click these links to download more appropriations information on specific programs:

General Appropriations Overview

VAWA

Family Violence Prevention Services Act

Victims of Crime Act

 If your Member is on the House or Senate Appropriations Committee it is critical that you contact them. Click here to see the House Appropriations Committee list. Click here to see the list of Senate Appropriators.

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