Family Violence Prevention Fund

Protect Funding that Helps Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assualt and Child Abuse

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 happen.

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 funding!

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