National Domestic Violence Hotline Applauds Biden’s FY 2022 Budget for Support for Survivors
For Immediate Release: June 1, 2021
AUSTIN — Last Friday, President Biden unveiled his budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which includes historic investments in funding for programs and services to support survivors of domestic violence. This landmark funding request will help organizations provide survivor-centered services, like the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline), shelters, and supportive resources.
We are deeply grateful for the unprecedented proposal of $26 million dollars for The Hotline, which will help expand our capacity to ensure when a survivor reaches out, they have an advocate on the line to support them. In addition, the proposal of $463 million dollars for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act will greatly increase the availability of services around the country for survivors.
“We understand how important it is for survivors to access safety on their own terms. With these important investments, we know that services like The Hotline can continue to support survivors on their journey to safety,” said Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of The Hotline. “We appreciate the budget recognizes the far reaching impact that domestic violence has on society that permeates the many systems — from housing vouchers to paid leave — that a survivor interacts with. The Hotline looks forward to working with Congress on ensuring passage of this critical funding for survivors and support services.”
For twenty-five years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has answered the call – over 5.6 million calls, chats, and texts to date – of those affected by relationship abuse. As the only 24/7/365 national service provider offering services via call, chat, and text, we work to shine a light on domestic violence by supporting and advocating for survivors, providing hope in times of crisis, and promoting healthy relationships for all.
From our crisis and intervention hotline, to our unprecedented data on the state of domestic violence, to prevention programs like love is respect, The Hotline works at every level to ensure a future where all relationships are positive, healthy, and free from violence. To learn more, visit TheHotline.org