An open letter to the U.S. House of Representatives
Survivors of Domestic Violence Need You to Vote YES on H.R. 2119 (FVPSA Re-Auth)
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As your constituent, I urge you to support survivors of domestic violence, family violence, and dating violence by voting YES for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act (H.R. 2119). Every day, FVPSA funds programs across the country to provide survivors with essential support, safety, and services to rebuild their lives and heal from abuse. Unfortunately, FVPSA has not been reauthorized since 2010, leaving it vulnerable to funding cuts and leaving gaps to improve survivor access to resources.
FVPSA is the only source of federal funding dedicated to supporting domestic violence programs and shelters, providing core funding to more than 1,500 domestic violence shelters and programs, supporting over 240 tribes and tribal organizations to address and prevent domestic violence, and creating 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 National Domestic Violence Hotline, dedicated to providing 24/7 assistance to survivors of family, domestic, and dating violence or those trying to assist them and a Native specific helpline to assist Native American survivors.
This reauthorization bill will increase overall funding, build prevention programs, create specialized grant programs to address issues such as culturally specific services and underserved communities, strengthen the capacity of Indian tribes, and make other enhancements to better meet survivor needs.
FVPSA is a critical, life-saving legislation that survivors rely on for safety. It’s time Congress took action to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act to include increased funding for current programs and support investments for prevention and marginalized survivors. I urge you to vote yes for H.R. 2119.
Thank you for your continued support for survivors of domestic violence. I look forward to your response.
First sent on September 28 by National Domestic Violence Hotline