Advocates Fear Cuts to Critical VAWA Funding
Congressman Leonard Lance has broken with those in the Republican party who lean the farthest to the right by supporting funding to assistance to victims of domestic violence through the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA.)
Advocates from the YWCA of Union County, NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence, and Partners for Women and Justice met with Congressman Lance on February 21, 2017, to discuss the importance of funding for services for survivors of domestic violence.
Lance said in a statement on Monday that he would fight any cuts in programs involving domestic violence.
“Congressman Lance would oppose any efforts to eliminate federal funding to combat violence against women. The Congressman was one of the leaders in Congress in reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act to assist women who are victims of violence and sexual abuse,” the statement said.
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VAWA was reauthorized by bipartisan majorities in Congress in 2000, and again in December 2005, and signed by President George W. Bush. The Act’s 2012 renewal was opposed by conservative Republicans, who objected to extending the Act’s protections to same-sex couples and to provisions allowing battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas.
Ultimately, VAWA was again reauthorized in 2013, after a long legislative battle throughout 2012–2013.
VAWA 2013 features expanded protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are applying for or have federally subsidized housing.
Prior to the 2013 Act, VAWA only applied to the public housing and voucher programs.
VAWA 2013 added a number of U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, such as Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities, homeless programs under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and the HOME Investments Partnership program.
The proposed rule would also include the National Housing Trust Fund.
In addition, on February 14, 2017, the Observer-Tribune reported “Cuts feared in federal programs to battle domestic violence.”
“Jersey Battered Women’s Services (JBWS) JBWS and other advocates for domestic violence victims fear that President Donald Trump will cut funding that is key to the survival of agencies that help people like Michelle and Vera.”
Michelle and Vera are two women profiled in the news story who escaped domestic violence.
JBWS CEO Patricia Sly “Said she has written of her concerns to Rep. Rodney Frelinguysen (R-11), and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7.) She also said she hopes to meet with Frelinghuysen during the week of Feb. 20 when Congress is not in session.