Violence Against Women Act Expiration Concerns

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A program designed to stop domestic violence and sexual assault is set to expire at the end of the month, unless congress votes to reauthorize it. The violence against women act has provided more than 6 billion dollars in grant funding nationwide including important programs right here in the mountain state. 

“There really aren’t words for how that makes me feel,” said Kyla Nichols. Nichols is the program director of the YWCA’s Alicia McCormick Homes. 

“The funding for the McCormick Home is exclusively VAWA funding, without those funds our program would not exist,” Nichols told 13 News. 

Since its creation back in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has provided more than 6 billion dollars in grant funding nationwide. 

“Last year we served over 2,000 people most of those served touch upon the VAWA funding.” said Julie Haden, the director of the YWCA’s Resolve Family Abuse Program. 

VAWA has historically had bipartisan support. But so far, neither the house nor the senate has passed a bill to reauthorize it. If the program does expire congress could temporarily extend the current law.

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