Provides funding for programs to protect women and their families from violence
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced the Congress has approved $417 million in funding for the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice as part of the fiscal year 2014 omnibus. This funding will support programs authorized under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), including the newly-passed VAWA 2013 reauthorization, both of which Senator Mikulski helped pass into law.
“Now that our efforts to reauthorize VAWA 2013 have succeeded, I know that it is more important than ever to make sure that we continue making strong investments in programs to combat domestic abuse, dating violence and sexual assault; protect women, families, underserved victim populations, and our communities; and help rebuild lives,” Chairwoman Mikulski said.
Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are crimes of epidemic proportions, exacting terrible costs on individual lives and our communities. Twenty-five percent of U.S. women report that they have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner during their lifetimes, one in six have been the victims of rape or attempted rape, and more than 16 million children are exposed to domestic violence each day. The cost of domestic violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year.
The CJS portion of the omnibus funds multiple competitive and formula grant programs that support training for police officers and prosecutors; state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions; rape prevention programs; lethality assessment and homicide reduction initiatives; national domestic violence hotlines; battered women’s shelters and transitional housing support services; help for teens and young adults caught in abusive relationships; victims of child abuse; and funding for counselors of rape victims during trials.
In the next step of the Appropriations process, the bill goes to the White House to be signed into law by President Obama. For more information on CJS appropriations in the conference report, go to: http://mikulski.senate.gov/media/press_releases.cfm.