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FY 2008 Appropriations

Federal Funding for Domestic Violence Programs

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Domestic Violence Shelter Programs

Domestic violence emergency shelter programs have not been fully funded

in the past 6 years. Without full funding state and local DV programs will be

devastated and services will be eliminated. Although FVPSA has never been

fully funded at $175 million, the President's 2008 budget only requests

$125 million for this program. FVPSA was amended in 2003 to provide a

portion of all appropriations over $130 million to programs serving children

who witness domestic violence. In order to save lives and help children,

tell Congress that FVPSA is a life-saving program that


In FY 2007 Congress clearly saw the need for increased funding and responded by passing increases for VAWA funding in both the House and Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bills. The President�s FY �08 Budget Request proposes funding for VAWA programs at $421.6 million. This amount is $406.4 million less than authorized by Congress in 2006. This plan also asks Congress to consolidate all CJS programs and funding into one competitive block grant open to all eligible grantees, from state governments to rural shelters. This ignores the Congressional intent behind each program and creates inefficiencies and competition for these already stretched funds. Implementing this block grant would create a massive administrative burden on the Office on Violence Against Women and generate devastating chaos on local programs and state funding.

After two unsuccessful attempts to rescind the balance of the VOCA Fund, the President�s FY �08 budget proposes to cancel the VOCA Fund, moving to a system of setting an annual appropriation from the General Fund to be offset by the amount collected through criminal fines. Such a system would eliminate the dedicated funding stream that has enabled steady support for crime victim services. Under the President�s proposal, victim advocates would have to lobby for funding every year, competing against every other federal budget item.

We urge Congress to raise the VOCA cap by $375 million one time only and extend the time in which states have to spend the money, from the current four years to six years, in order to provide additional stability. This increase in funding for FY �08 would help states respond to the current demand for services, ensure that the money collected from offenders was used for the purpose for which it was designed and authorized by law, and also allow for a modest Fund balance of approximately $300 million to remain for future years to help guarantee more stable funding.

1. Call your Members of Congress TODAY(Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121)

Tell them:

  • Ensure that all VAWA programs are fully funded as Congress intended.
  • Ask Members to sign on to the support letter being circulated in the House and Senate.
  • Reject the President�s proposal to block grant all OVW funding and grants.
  • Increase funding for FVPSA so that domestic violence victims and their children can receive life-saving services so desperately needed in our community.
  • Don�t let the President rob VOCA of victims� service dollars that is currently funded by criminals, not tax-payers!

2. FAX a letter to your Members of Congress. Click here to access a sample letter.

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

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.

Please contact the NCADV Public Policy Office if you have any questions. You can reach us at (202)745-1211 or at publicpolicy@ncadv.org.

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