H.R. 2617 Signed Includes VAWA Support
On Thursday, December 29, 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law:
H.R. 2617, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023,” making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023, which includes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This creates and supports comprehensive, cost-effective responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
Addressing Violence Against Women: The bill contains $700 million, the highest funding level ever, for grants provided by the Office on Violence Against Women. These grants represent a 22 percent increase over last year’s level and will be awarded to state, local, and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and universities to help strengthen law enforcement resources, provide support services, and enhance the legal safety net for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Contact Your Senators on December 15 and Tell Them to Reauthorize FVPSA Now
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is an essential piece of legislation that survivors of domestic violence, family violence, and dating violence rely on for safety and services.
FVPSA provides core funding to more than 1,500 domestic violence shelters and programs, supports over 240 tribes and tribal organizations to address and prevent domestic violence and provides for a network of state coalitions and national technical assistance providers — all working to ensure vital crisis services are available to individuals experiencing domestic or dating violence, as well as their children.
FVPSA also provides funding for Ujima Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community, that serves as a national, culturally-specific services issue resource center to provide support to and be a voice for the Black Community in response to domestic, sexual and community violence.
FVPSA was last re-authorized over a decade ago leaving it vulnerable to funding cuts and leaving gaps to improve survivor access to resources.
FVPSA has already passed the House and it is vital that the Congress pass the bill now. Will you join us in reaching out to your Members? Use this toolkit to advocate for #FVPSA.