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Appropriation Behavior: How YOU Can Help the Victims of Domestic Violence December 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Johnson Intern @ 10:36 am

Don't miss your opportunity to have your voice heard; call your US Senator today and tell them to support the FVPSA Act.

Let it never be said that the voice of the people is unable to enact selfless changes for good.

Last week, concerned citizens and voters were asked to write, call, e-mail and lobby their Congressmen and Senators to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA), which helped authorize renewed efforts to provide government support for the victims of domestic violence.  And now, thanks to your calls, a bill to reauthorize FVPSA passed in Congress.  It is slated to be signed by the President soon.

As thrilling and monumental as this bill is, unfortunately it is not enough.  Around the country domestic violence agencies and victims advocates groups are busily trying to drum up support for an equally monumental bill to pass the U.S. Senate.  We urgently need your continued calls to the Senate asking them to support the vital funding increases for domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

How can you help? Take action now!

Please take five minutes before Thursday to tell your Senators that domestic and sexual violence victims need them to include the proposed vital increases in their final Omnibus funding bill. Click on “Take Action” and enter your zip code in the “Call Now” box to find the names and contact information for your Senators.

You may also share a story about how domestic violence shelters and programs have positively impacted your community.

Background

Funding

Thanks to your steadfast advocacy efforts earlier in the year, Congressional funding (appropriations) proposals for Fiscal Year 2011 included key increases in funding for programs that provide lifesaving services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.  But these vital increases are now in jeopardy as Congress is considering passing a funding bill that would fund programs at current levels (a continuing resolution).

In order to secure the increases included earlier in the process, the Senate must pass an Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2011.  An Omnibus Appropriations bill is when all separate funding bills are rolled into one large bill, allowing the Senate to vote on all funding bills at once.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)

FVPSA, first authorized in 1984, supports lifesaving emergency shelter, crisis lines, counseling, safety planning, legal assistance and preventative education to millions of adults and children annually.  FVPSA authorizes Congress to allocate funding to these programs through the annual budget process.  The Act’s authorization expires every five years.  In 2008, FVPSA expired and needed to be reauthorized to allow Congress to continue to fund these critical programs.  A bill to reauthorize FVPSA has now been passed by Congress and should be signed by the President this week.

Thanks to your calls, a bill to reauthorize FVPSA was recently passed in Congress, and is slated to be signed by the President soon.

Now, we we urgently need your continued calls to the Senate asking them to support the vital funding increases for domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

Take action now!

Please take five minutes before Thursday to tell your Senators that domestic and sexual violence victims need them to include the proposed vital increases in their final Omnibus funding bill.

Click on here and enter your zip code in the “Call Now” box to find the names and contact information for your Senators.

You may also share a story about how domestic violence shelters and programs have positively impacted your community.

Remember that you are free to call as often and as frequently as you like, to get your voice heard.

Why me? Why Now?

Thanks to your steadfast advocacy efforts earlier in the year, Congressional funding (appropriations) proposals for Fiscal Year 2011 included key increases in funding for programs that provide lifesaving services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.  But these vital increases are now in jeopardy, as Congress is considering passing a funding bill that would freeze funding for programs at current levels (called a “continuing resolution”).

In order to secure the increases included earlier in the process at the House level, the Senate must pass an “Omnibus Appropriations” bill for Fiscal Year 2011.  An Omnibus Appropriations bill is when all separate funding bills are rolled into one large bill, allowing the Senate to vote on all funding bills at once.

I’m not familiar with FVPSA. What is it, and why should I support it?

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, or FVPSA, was first authorized in 1984, and supports lifesaving emergency shelter, crisis lines, counseling, safety planning, legal assistance and preventative education to millions of adults and children annually.  FVPSA authorizes Congress to allocate funding to these programs through the annual budget process.  The Act’s authorization expires every five years.  In 2008, FVPSA expired and needed to be reauthorized to allow Congress to continue to fund these critical programs.  A bill to reauthorize FVPSA has now been passed by Congress, thanks in no small part to the efforts of community organizers and voters like you, and should be signed by the President this week.

In order to keep these critical lifelines to DV victims open, Congressional funding must be approved before the deadline expires again.  To do your part to aid victims and advocate for victims’ rights, go to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) website, and enter your ZIP code to find the contact information for your Senators and Congressmen.  Then, call, e-mail, write letters, or all of the above, and let them know that you support the victims of domestic violence, and insist as their constituents that they support them too.  Because since domestic violence affects everyone, it’s up to all of us to do our part.

Call your Senators today, and tell them to support the FVPSA.

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