January 24, 2017

Senator or Congressman/Woman,

Murder by an intimate partner is one of the leading causes of death among young to middle-aged women. Based on this fact, services and funding of Violence Against Women Act Grants should be considered for increases, not decreases when considerations for reductions in federal spending are discussed.

Funding for domestic violence programs is already woefully insufficient. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s annual census, there were 12,000 inquiries for domestic violence services that could not be fulfilled due to a lack of resources; 63 percent were for housing/shelter. These inquiries included help needed for attaining safe shelter, legal services, transportation assistance and child care, among others. These vital resources assist domestic violence survivors in attaining safety, exercising their legal rights, and other fundamental needs of surviving. Further reducing access to VAWA grants will lead to poorer outcomes for survivors, including increased fatalities.

Many of us work tirelessly without much pay to help the abused and assaulted among us. Please consider making a public statement that you will stand with us and work to increase, not decrease support for the 1/3 who will statistically be abused or assaulted in their lifetime. When a third of the country is under attack, we must react.

Thank you for your consideration.

Carrie Banks, PhD
Executive Director