NNEDV Responds to President's Budget Proposal
May 12, 2009
Washington, D.C. - NNEDV today welcomed President Barack Obama's FY 2010 budget proposal. While the economic downturn demands funding reductions for many programs, the President's proposed funding for domestic violence services remains largely the same as FY 2009. This is a departure from previous years in which the presidential budget proposal included drastic cuts to domestic violence programs.
"We are grateful to have a partner in the White House who understands the importance of domestic violence services," said Sue Else, NNEDV president. "President Obama is ushering in a new era of fiscal responsibility without sacrificing life-saving domestic violence programs."
The budget proposal includes $415 million in grants to combat violence against women (Violence Against Women Act). The President also proposed $127.7 million for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act - the lifeblood for emergency domestic violence shelters - and $3.2 million for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Further, the proposed budget includes $700 million for the annual distribution of the Victims of Crime Act fund, a significant increase over the FY 2009 budget.
Due to economic hardship, shelters, crisis hotlines, and other domestic violence programs have been in greater demand in recent months.
"During difficult economic times, funding for domestic violence programs is more critical than ever because the economy is exacerbating domestic abuse," said Else. "The demand for domestic violence services is increasing, and urgent action needs to be taken."
"To respond responsibly to victims' needs, we urge Congress to increase its investment in life-saving domestic violence programs."
NNEDV urges Congress to invest $175 million in the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and $683 million in the Violence Against Women Act, which includes cost-saving, effective programs.