Earlier this week, before the Assembly Women and Children Committee, Women Aware’s Assistant Executive Director, Patricia Teffenhart, testified to the critical role Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) appropriations play in the provision of services for women and children escaping abuse.
A3715 would appropriate up to $1M in bridge-funding to current VAWA grantees in an effort to prevent a loss of services to victims of domestic violence as the country awaits a federal renewal of VAWA. Two of Women Aware’s essential programs, Legal Advocacy and Domestic Violence Response Teams depend upon VAWA funding to help meet the needs of victims of domestic violence in Middlesex County.
At the federal level, VAWA was passed through the Senate on Tuesday, with a vote of 78 to 22. Now, the bill moves to the House. Please urge your representatives to support VAWA, so that organizations like Women Aware have the resources necessary to help families moving beyond abuse. To find your representative, visit: http://www.house.gov/
For Patricia’s complete testimony before the Assembly Committee, please click the link below: VAWA Assembly Testimony