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U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Increases Funding for VAWA and VOCA

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to increase funding for the Violence Against Women Act to $415 million, an increase of $15 million. Additionally the Committee increased funding for the Victims of Crime Act by $45 million bringing its total funding to $635 million for fiscal year 2009. 

Substantial cuts were made to each of these programs in 2008 so the Committee should be applauded for recognizing the need for increases this year.

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, in just one day, 53,000 adults and children are assisted by domestic violence programs. Such increases in funding are critical to maintaining services for families currently in crisis and those that will experience domestic violence or be victimized by another type of crime in the future.

Please take a moment to call and thank the Appropriations Committee Chair and Ranking Member and the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Member for their efforts to assist the families that are devastated by domestic violence and other crimes. 


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