The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was postponed until this coming week to allow more time for staff to negotiate several sticking points. And well they should, because victims are demanding to know, "Where's all the money going?"
Time and time again, domestic violence victims are being turned away by the very agencies that are supposed to be helping them, or are getting the DV runaround. One Department of Justice audit reached this disturbing conclusion:
$638,298, or about 47 percent, of $1.3 million given to Jane Doe, Inc., also known as the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, was identified as unsupported and unallowable payroll expenditures, unallowable bonus payments, and unallowable and unreasonable conference expenditures.
So the problem isn't a lack of funding. The problem is lack of accountability.
Today, right now, call the senators listed below. Tell them to assure the VAWA reauthorization bill S. 1925 is strengthened to assure accountability so taxpayer money is used the way it's supposed to be:
•Patrick Leahy 202-224-4242 email contact
•Herb Kohl 202-224-8992 email contact
•Dianne Feinstein 202-224-3841 email contact
•Chuck Schumer 202-224-6542 email contact
•Dick Durbin 202-224-2152 email contact
•Sheldon Whitehouse 202-224-2921 email contact
•Amy Klobuchar 202-224-3244 email contact
•Al Franken 202-224-1031 email contact
•Christopher A. Coons 202-224-5042 email contact
•Richard Blumenthal 202-224-2823 email contact
Fundamental reform of the Violence Against Women Act is within our grasp...take action now!!
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
While we're asking where's the money going let's tell them to replace VAWA with the PVRA so that male victims of domestic violence are not shortchanged. If phoning is not in the equation then send email. Let's tell them to scrap VAWA,replace it with the PVRA and find out where the money is going. The more of us they hear from the better so call or write today.