Due to the excellent lobbying by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and the efforts of local centers all around the state, there is good news for sexual and domestic violence victim services. Here is a note the Action Alliance sent out:
The sexual and domestic violence victim services that are supported by the Victims of Crime Act, Violence Against Women Act, and the Family Violence Prevention Services Act were not recommended for any cuts in the House version of the Continuing Resolution budget. The FY 2011 Continuing Resolution started in October, 2010 and runs through September 2011.
And positive news upcoming!!
The President released his proposed budget for FY 2012 (starts October 1, 2011 and runs through September 30, 2012) which includes $777 Million in funding for Violence Against Women, Victims of Crime Act, and Family Violence Prevention Services programs ($175 million increase over 2010).
Most specifically, please note that the President’s budget includes a $70 million increase in funding for sexual assault services through the Sexual Assault Services Program and the Victims of Crime Act.
That said, the federal funding picture continues to be frightening for human services overall–and certainly that will impact victims of violence and all of us.
For more information on how to get involved in the efforts to lobby for your district, call your local center (Here at RCASA – 540-371-5581) and at the Action Alliance contact:
Kristine Hall – Sexual Violence Advocacy Manager – Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, 434-979-9002, 434-979-9003 fax