Take Action to Help Victims of Domestic, Sexual, and Dating Violence
Your Calls Are Needed Today!
During the week of February 14th, the House of
Representatives is scheduled to consider funding levels for all federal
programs, including programs important to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Our friends in Congress tell us this is the week to act. We need your help. Please contact your Member of Congress and
ask them to continue funding programs that protect women and children from
violence and abuse.
The House of Representatives is expected to make
drastic cuts to domestic programs for Fiscal Year 2011. These proposed cuts would mean:
- Violence Against Women Health Initiative
under HHS Office of Women’s Health (which funds ongoing work to improve
health care providers' response to domestic and sexual violence) would be eliminated;
- Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
(FVPSA) , which funds domestic violence shelters and the National
Hotline, would be cut by $7 million, and the new initiative for children
would be eliminated;
- Engaging Men and Youth in Prevention
Program, which funds the Family Violence Prevention Fund's prevention
work to tap into the critical role men can play in helping youth develop
respectful attitudes and behaviors toward women and girls, would be cut.
Advocates have an opportunity NOW as the House of
Representatives begins work on finalizing the FY11 bills to urge Members to
preserve all Violence Against Women programs. Now is not the time to cut services
and prevention dollars to this work. Without hearing from you, these cuts will
How to Take Action
Call your Member of Congress this week and ask them to
oppose cuts to violence against women programs! Say:
- Your name and the city
you live in.
- Please oppose cuts to violence
against women programs. Specifically, please tell them:
- No cuts to the Family
Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Violence Against Women
Health Initiative; and the Engaging Men and Youth in Prevention
Program and the Children
Exposed to Violence program
- Maintain existing funding for other VAWA programs
- Tell her/him how your
programs are being hurt or cannot serve victims in your communities or
why these programs are important to you.
Never called your Member of Congress before? Don't
worry, it's easy! The Capitol Hill Switchboard is 202-224-3121. Ask for your local House Member’s office. Your call will be answered by a
receptionist. Tell him or her that you want to leave a message for the Congressperson.
The receptionist will take down your message.
Your calls make a huge difference. It's only thanks
to your outreach and calls in the past that we've had such strong support for
FVPSA, the Violence Against Women Health Initiative, the Engaging
Men program, and Children Exposed
to Violence program in the past! We are very optimistic that
we will get funding for these critical programs this year, but ONLY if
you make your voices heard!
Thank you for taking action to support this critical