Prolonged Government Shutdown Continues to Threaten Services for Victims

What is your Congressperson doing to keep shelters and rape crisis centers open?

The House seems no nearer to passing a bill to reopen the government than before.  Progress is stalled in Congress and we need every voice in your state to call for Congress to work quickly to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling.

Tell your Congressperson to tell House leadership:

“Open the government and end the shutdown now. The country’s domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers cannot access the funding they need to help victims. These lifesaving services will close down unless you vote now to end the shutdown and lift the debt ceiling with no conditions.”

Congress finally passed a bipartisan, inclusive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act just a few months ago. It was hard work, but in the end they put partisan politics aside and did what was right for victims across the country.

Now the House has to agree to move forward on another bipartisan, inclusive bill to reopen government and lift the debt ceiling. Tell your Congressperson that if this is not done, the crucial work that VAWA authorized will not be available in your state to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

 

ACTION ITEM 1:  TWEET REPRESENTATIVES TO SAY #JUSTVOTE

Find Members’ Twitter handles here.

.@[handle] The #shutdown is hurting #DV & #SA victims & programs. #JustVote to open govt & lift debt ceiling with no conditions.

 

ACTION ITEM 2:  CALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES & URGE THEM TO VOTE TO END THE SHUTDOWN

Find your Representative’s phone number here, or call toll-free through 1-888-659-9562.

When you’re connected to their offices, say (or leave a message saying): 

  1. I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _____________.
  2. Please tell Representative _________ to vote to re-open the government and lift the debt ceiling, with no conditions. The shutdown is placing domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers in serious danger of closing, leaving victims with nowhere to turn for safety and support.
  3. The House must move to a vote in order to ensure that life-saving services will continue to be available to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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