Activists Celebrate the Violence Against Women Office Becoming Free-Standing; Note VAWA Programs Are Still Being Shortchanged
April 4, 2003
by NOW Staff
Activist Victory: Your letters and emails helped us keep the Violence Against Women Office a free-standing entity within the Department of Justice! Read Sen. Biden's press release.
Violence Against Women Act Funding: In the Department of Health and Human Services budget for 2003, the battered women's shelter and services program remains $47.7 million below its authorized level of $175 million. The President's 2004 budget cuts this program even further, from $127.2 million to $124.4 million. This $2.8 million cut in the President's budget is unacceptable, because these critically needed services are already dramatically underfunded. Not only should Congress restore this $2.8 million, it should act now to fully fund this program at its authorized level. (The Department of Justice's anti-violence programs also face a $4.1 million shortfall out of a $390 million per year program.)
Join the 1% Campaign to end sexual and domestic violence: 1% buttons are available at the NOW online store. Advocates are encouraged to wear them to demand that 1% of the U.S. defense budget be directed toward preventing violence against women. For more information on the 1% campaign, a project coordinated by V-Day and NOW, go to V-Day:1% Campaign.
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