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
- Herb Kohl 202-224-5653
- Dianne Feinstein 202-224-3841
- Chuck Schumer 202-224-6542
- Dick Durbin 202-224-2152
- Sheldon Whitehouse 202-224-2921
- Amy Klobuchar 202-224-3244
- Al Franken 202-224-5641
- Christopher A. Coons 202-224-5042
- Richard Blumenthal 202-224-2823
Fundamental reform of the Violence Against Women Act is within our grasp…take action now!!
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
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