Support Strong and Sustained Funding for Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

November 18, 2016
National Latin@ Network
PUBLIC POLICY ALERT
 
 

Support Strong and Sustained Funding for Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Contact Your Senators and Urge Them to Pass an Omnibus Appropriations Bill


Every year, Congress is supposed to pass a budget to fund the federal government and vital grant programs such as VAWA, FVPSA and VOCA. Instead of passing a budget this year, Congress is contemplating passing a continuing resolution (CR), which funds the federal government at its current level for a short period. It is imperative that funding decisions are finalized to ensure survivors can continue to access life-saving services. A CR can create undue delay, confusion, and an interruption of essential services, putting survivors at serious risk. An omnibus appropriations bill, which funds all federal programs for the upcoming fiscal year, ensures a steady funding stream and a continuation of vital services.
 
Call Senate leadership and tell them to pass an omnibus bill!  
 
Tell them: 
  • An omnibus budget is vital to ensure victims and survivors' safety and access to services;
  • Thousands of victims and survivors of gender-based violence are turned away from services daily due to lack of resources - a continuing resolution will only exacerbate this problem; and
  • The omnibus should include a VOCA tribal funding stream reflecting that in both House and Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bills. 
Find your Senators' phone numbers here.
 
Sample telephone script:  Hello, my name is [your name], and I am calling from [your city and/or organization]. I am calling to tell [your Senator's name] that Congress needs to pass an omnibus appropriations bill to ensure victims and survivors of gender-based violence have access to essential, life-saving services. The omnibus should include the tribal funding stream from VOCA that was in both the House and Senate Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bills. An omnibus is essential for victims and survivors' safety and well-being.
 
Find your Senators' Twitter handles here.
 
Sample Tweet: .@YourSenatorsHandle, a CR puts victims and survivors of gender-based violence at risk. Pass an #omnibus! #EndVAW
 
Sample Facebook Post:  Congress needs to pass an omnibus appropriations bill to ensure victims and survivors of gender-based violence have access to essential, life-saving services. The omnibus should include the tribal funding stream from VOCA that was in both the House and Senate Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bills to ensure all victims and survivors can access services and stay safe.
 
Contact: 
Olga Trujillo
Public Policy Director
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
otrujillo@casadeesperanza.org
ABOUT THE NATIONAL LATIN@ NETWORK FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities is a network of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of Latin@ communities. The National Latin@ Network is led by Casa de Esperanza, a national Latina organization whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. The National Latin@Network for Healthy Families and Communities builds on Casa de Esperanza┬┤s experience working in local communities to support families, end domestic violence, and increase meaningful access to services for Latina@s and incorporates a research center, public policy initiative, and training.