WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Advocates from across the country praised the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for approving $415 million in funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and $635 million in funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
“Domestic and sexual violence victims and their advocates thank the leadership of CJS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), as well as Appropriations Committee Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS),” said Sue Else, President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).
. . . . The Senate CJS bill includes increased funding for key VAWA programs, increasing the efficiency and ability of police, courts, battered women’s shelters, rape crisis centers, and other victim services providers to respond to life-threatening situations faced by victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Critical programs receiving funding increases include: STOP grants that support collaborated community approaches to ending domestic violence; legal services for victims; services for victims in rural communities; and support for sexual assault programs.
VOCA is a key funding source to support victims of all types of crimes, including domestic and sexual violence. Approximately 4,400 agencies rely on VOCA funding to serve 3.8 million domestic and sexual assault victims each year. Increases to VOCA will further the efforts of local domestic violence shelters to serve victims and their families.