Domestic violence affects women and children in every community – large and small, urban and rural – and it continues to be the most underreported crime in America.
That’s why NNEDV works proactively on Capitol Hill to make ending domestic violence a national priority. NNEDV’s members are state and territorial coalitions representing domestic violence shelters and programs in every state and territory in the nation. We work closely with these state and territorial coalitions to understand the ongoing and emerging needs at the local and state level, and then we make sure those needs are heard and understood by policymakers at the national level.
Our priorities for the 112th Congress include:
Fighting for sustained funding and targeted increases for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) programs and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Preserving emergency and long-term housing options for victims of domestic violence
Funding and Appropriations
Together, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund create and support comprehensive responses to the needs of victims of domestic violence.
- View the FY 2013 Appropriations Briefing Book to learn more about VAWA, FVPSA and VOCA funding.
- Click here to see the breakdown of funding for VAWA and FVPSA programs and their authorization levels.
- Click here for more information about NNEDV’s appropriations priorities.
Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) creates and supports comprehensive, effective, and cost saving responses to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. VAWA programs, administered by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, have dramatically changed federal, tribal, state, and local responses to these crimes. VAWA expired in 2011 and should be swiftly reauthorized to ensure the continuation of these vital, lifesaving programs and laws.
You can help ensure that the voices of domestic violence victims and their children are heard in the halls of Congress by calling your senators and representatives. Learn about the issues, stay informed and take action.
Call NNEDV at (202) 543-5566 if you have any questions about the critical issues affecting domestic violence victims and their children, and how they are being addressed in Congress.
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