Jun 26 2008

Shelby praised for domestic violence funding

Montgomery Advertiser

By Scott Johnson

Victims and advocates are praising Sen. Richard Shelby for his role in a bill to increase funding to domestic violence agencies.

Shelby is a ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee.

Last week, the subcommittee approved $415 million for the Violence Against Women Act and $635 million for the Victims of Crimes Act.

"Senator Shelby continues to be a champion for victims of domestic violence, working tirelessly to increase funding for VAWA and VOCA,” said Martha Salter, President of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Programs receiving funding increases include STOP grants that support collaborated community approaches to ending domestic violence; legal services for victims; services for victims in rural communities; and services for sexual assault victims.

The Victim of Crimes Act is a key source of funding to support victims of all types of crimes, including domestic and sexual violence. Approximately 4,400 agencies rely on VOCA funding to serve 3.8 million domestic and sexual assault victims each year.