Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Support fight against domestic violence


The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence applauds Sen. Mike Crapo for his unwavering national leadership as a co-sponsor of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Rep. Mike Simpson for his vote in favor of this important legislation.

Through the Violence Against Women Act, Idaho's 26 domestic and sexual violence programs, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and more have been able to prevent, intervene and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.

In recent years, Idaho has received $11 million dollars or more annually through the Violence Against Women Act. This funding is literally saving lives. Last year, in one 24-hour period, 638 victims of domestic violence and their children across Idaho received life-saving services from local domestic violence organizations—an increase of almost 100 victims from the previous year.

Tragically, we still have much work to do, as last year Idaho had 22 intimate-partner-related fatalities.

For nearly 20 years, Congress has recognized the severity of violence against women and the need for a comprehensive approach. Idaho has much to be proud of with both Sen. Crapo and Rep. Simpson voting in favor of the Violence Against Women.

KELLY MILLER

Executive Director

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Boise




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