NNEDV Welcomes Move to Reauthorize Life-Saving Legislation
November 19, 2009
“The National Network to End Domestic Violence commends Representatives Moore, Schock, Biggert and Sablan for their leadership on this life-saving legislation,” said Brian Namey, spokesperson for the National Network. “This bill – the only federal funding dedicated to domestic violence shelters – is an investment in saving lives. This legislation represents hope for millions of survivors and their children who seek safety from violent homes.”
For more than 25 years, FVPSA has been at the heart of our nation’s response to domestic violence. The reauthorization presents an opportunity to build upon its success and make vital improvements.
The legislation is being introduced at a critical time. The economic downturn is exacerbating domestic violence. The economy does not cause domestic violence, but economic distress can increase the frequency and severity of ongoing abuse. Economic hardships can also limit options for survivors to escape. The demand for domestic violence services is up, but funding for them is down.
“We urge Congress to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and fully fund it to meet the growing demand for services,” said Namey. “This legislation, when fully funded, will save countless lives and improve the quality of life for so many survivors and their children.”
In one day alone, the National Network found that local domestic violence programs served nearly 61,000 victims and answered more than 21,000 crisis hotline calls. During the same 24 hours, nearly 9,000 requests for assistance went unmet, mostly due to a lack of funding.