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Tester's letter of support for VAWA

Tester's letter of support for VAWA

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April4,2014TheHonorableBarbaraA.Mikulski,ChairwomanTheHonorableRichardShelby,RankingMemberSubcommitteeonCommerce,Justice,Science,andRelatedAgenciesSenateCommitteeonAppropriationsWashington,DC20510TheHonorableTomHarkin,ChairmanTheHonorableJerryMoran,RankingMemberSubcommitteeonLabor,HealthandHumanServices,EducationandRelatedAgenciesSenateCommitteeonAppropriationsWashington,DC20510DearChairwomanMikulski,ChairmanHarkin,SenatorShelbyandSenatorMoran:Thankyouforyourcommitmenttofundingprogramsservingvictimsofdomesticviolence,datingviolence,sexualassault,andstalking.AstheCommerce,Justice,ScienceandtheLabor,HealthandHumanServicesSubcommitteesconsidertheirFiscalYear2015priorities,weurgeyoutofundtheViolenceAgainstWomenAct(VAWA)andtheFamilyViolencePreventionandServicesAct(FVPSA)atthehighestpossiblelevels.Oneyearago,CongressenactedthebipartisanLeahy-CrapoViolenceAgainstWomenReauthorizationAct,demonstratingitsstrongcommitmenttoprotectingandsupportingvictimsofdomesticandsexualviolence.Despitepastachievementsofprogramsadministeredthroughthislaw,the2013DomesticViolenceCountsCensusconductedbytheNationalNetworktoEndDomesticViolencefoundthat,onanyoneday,nearly10,000requestsforserviceswereunmetduetolackofresources.Wemustdomoretoaddresstheseunmetneeds.Werecognizethatyoufacesignificantbudgetconstraints,butweurgeyoutosupporttheseprogramsfullybecausetheynotonlysavelives,theyareasmartinvestment.Theseprogramshavelong-termpositiveimpactsforvictimsofabuseandchildrenwhowitnessviolenceagainstfamilymembers.Theseprogramshelpstopthegenerationalcycleofviolence.AssistancefundedthroughVAWAandFVPSAin2014providedemergencyshelter,legaladvocacy,andcounselingforvictimsintheaftermathofabuse.Itprovidedtrainingandeducationalsessionsforparents,teachers,lawenforcement,andotherprofessionalstoprevent,identify,andrespondtodomesticandsexualviolence.Inthefirstsixyearsalone,VAWAisestimatedtohavesavedtaxpayersover 12.6billioninnetavertedsocialcosts.
 
April4,2014Page2of5Notwithstandingtheclearbenefitsoftheseservices,programsacrossthecountryareexperiencingseverebudgetshortfalls,forcingshelterstocloseandprogramstoreduceservices.Now,morethanever,itisimperativethatweinvestinVAWAandFVPSAtoensureserviceprovidersandlawenforcementhavethetoolstheyneedtoprotectvictims,andtobringperpetratorsofdomesticandsexualviolencetojustice.Thankyouagainforyourpastsupportforvictimsofdomesticandsexualviolence.WeurgetheSubcommitteestosupportthehighestpossiblefundinglevelsforthesecost-effective,life-savingprogramsadministeredbytheOfficeonViolenceAgainstWomen/DepartmentofJusticeandtheDepartmentofHealthandHumanServices.Sincerely,~E~~UnitedStatesSenatorUnitedStatesSenatorCHRISTOPHERA.COONSUnitedStatesSenatorKELLYAYOTTEUnitedStatesSenator
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