ADVOCACY UPDATE: Contact Your Legislators to fix VOCA funding

Safe Harbor Voice  |  January 5, 2021
ADVOCACY UPDATE: Contact Your Legislators to fix VOCA funding

Friends,

In November, we shared an action alert, urging you as our supporters to contact your members of Congress, encouraging them to support a fix to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds by the end of 2020. The Crime Victims Fund, enacted by VOCA, provides vital funding to Safe Harbor and other victim services organizations across the United States.

We are disappointed and disheartened to share that Congress failed to act to secure funding to the Crime Victims Fund at the end of 2020, leaving critical funding for victim services insecure. This statement from the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault explains where things currently stand and what is at stake.

There is still time for Congress to act to fix VOCA. We encourage all community members who believe in Safe Harbor's mission and vision to reach out to your Members of Congress, urging them to take immediate and swift action to address this issue, amending the VOCA statute to direct penalties and fines from non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements in to CVF, sustaining it with no burden to taxpayers.

Here are direct links to reach out to your Senators and House Representative. If you are in South Carolina, here are direct links to contact Senator Tim Scott and Senator Lindsay Graham. If you live in the Greenville/Spartanburg area, here is a direct link to contact House Representative William Timmons. If you live in the Pickens/Anderson/Oconee area, here is a direct link to contact House Representative Jeff Duncan.

Your voice matters, and we are deeply grateful for your support. 

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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