Take Action to Oppose Any Cuts to Violence Against Women Act Funding
Please call your representatives and implore them to protect the Violence Against Women Act. VAWA provides funding for services to those affected by gender based violence, services like those offered by RISE. When enacted in 1994, the act improved criminal justice response to violence against women, ensured victims and their families have access to services in response to the violence they experienced, and created positive change. Between 1993 and 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined by 67%.
1. Call your Member of Congress and Senators to express your serious concern about any efforts to eliminate funding for VAWA programs.
You can find your Member of Congress and their contact information here: http://www.house.gov/
Senator Feinstein's Office: (202) 224-3841 and Senator Harris' Office: (202) 224-3553
Sample script: Hello, my name is and I’m with (name of organization, if applicable) in (city) . I’m calling to express the critical, lifesaving importance of programs funded through the Office on Violence Against Women and the Violence Against Women Act. I am deeply concerned about reporting that new budget proposals will call for the elimination of this funding. These grant dollars allow programs to provide survivors, their families, and communities with the services and support they need. For over 20 years, the Violence Against Women Act has been a cornerstone of our coordinated community response to domestic and sexual violence. These programs must be strengthened and funding increased – not cut. I urge you to stand with survivors and reject any cuts to the Violence Against Women Act funding as Congress develops its funding bills. Thank you.
2. Call your State Assemblymember and Senator. It is important that state officials know how threats to federal funding may impact domestic violence survivors and programs in their communities.
You can find your State Legislators here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
Sample script: Hello, my name is and I’m with (name of organization, if applicable) in (city) . I’m calling to express my concern at how federal funding cuts may impact the essential, lifesaving services for domestic violence survivors here in our community. I am deeply concerned that if federal funding for the Violence Against Women Act and other programs is cut or eliminated, that our ability to provide needed services for domestic violence survivors will be drastically reduced. We were pleased to see that the Governor’s Budget Proposal included level-funding in the amount of $20.6 million for domestic violence programs, and we hope you will stand with survivors throughout this year to sustain this state funding and guard against federal cuts. Thank you.