Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – is Legislative Action Day.
Today the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance along with rape crisis centers/domestic violence programs across the state will join together as they promote important legislative items during the General Assembly session.
Please join with the Action Alliance and your local rape crisis and domestic violence centers to contact your local legislators about the issues below:
1. Protect funding for sexual and domestic violence services from further cuts. In the past year, Virginia cut funding for sexual violence services by 5%, domestic violence services by 8%, and homlessness intervention services by 8%. We need to protect and preserve these critical services.
2. Expand access to Protective Orders for victims of dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Address and name dating violence in the Code of Virginia and allow equal access to court-ordered protection for all victims of certain defined acts of violence and threatening behaviors, to prevent further acts of violence, trespass, or contact.
3. Extend the Address Confidentiality Program within the Office of the Attorney General to make it statewide.
4. Preserve access to services for ALL victims of sexual and domestic violence in Virgnia, regardless of their immirgration status. Victims of sexual and domestic violence and their children must be able to access safety, including law enforcement, the courts and protections availalbe through the Violence Against Women Act, without regard to their immigration status.
You can help by adding your voice to advocate for improved rights, laws, and access to services for victims of sexual and domestic violence.