It is critical that we contact Governor McDonnell to protect our funding from further cuts.
Governor McDonnell has asked state agencies to submit plans to cut the budget and we understand that recommendations before the Governor may include proposed cuts to funding for sexual assault and domestic violence services. Governor McDonnell will be reviewing these recommendations and announcing his proposed budget early in December.
Last week the Action Alliance sent a letter to Governor McDonnell to ask for his leadership in safeguarding funding for sexual and domestic violence services. We reminded him of the cuts received last year and shared statistics regarding the alarming increase in demand for services in 2009.
We encourage you AND your Board Members to send a letter to Governor McDonnell to share your experiences (before 11/30/10).
He needs to know what is happening in shelters and sexual assault crisis centers across Virginia.
He needs to hear directly from you about increased calls and requests for services, full shelters and turn aways, and the impact current cuts have had on your ability to meet the growing demand.
The Governor is a public safety Governor. We encourage you to emphasize PUBLIC SAFETY in your message. When he thinks about the value of law enforcement & fire and rescue, he needs to understand that victim services is also critical to public safety. He needs to know that every dollar he cuts impacts lives. Quotes from Documenting Our Work may be helpful in showing how your services saves lives.
You know your story, please share it with the Governor.
Send Letters to:
The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell
1111 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
In order to help you get started, we’ve attached a copy of our letter 11 10 10 Governor McDonnell Protect DV and SV State Funding to the Governor and the Executive Summary Executive Summary (2) for the 2009 VAdata Report that highlights the growing demand for services. Please feel free to use these resources in drafting your letter, but don’t forget to use your local stats and stories to bring the point home!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me or call me at 434-979-9002.
Sexual Violence Advocacy Manager
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Visit our website at: www.vsdvalliance.org