Walorski Calls for Continuing VAWA Grants in Visit to South Bend YWCA

Friday, February 24, 2017

Walorski Calls for Continuing VAWA Grants in Visit to South Bend YWCA

Joins Bipartisan Letter Opposing Cuts to Grants for Organizations Assisting Survivors of Violence

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) on Thursday toured the YWCA North Central Indiana and reaffirmed her support for grants under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for local organizations working to assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Walorski recently signed a bipartisan letter urging the Trump administration to include full funding for VAWA grants in its upcoming budget proposal.

“Organizations like the YWCA North Central Indiana are on the front lines helping women and children in our community, and today I saw firsthand what they are doing to improve people’s lives,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I will keep fighting for the resources Congress passed in the bipartisan VAWA law so these community organizations can continue their vital work to assist survivors of violence.”

BACKGROUND

Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act in 2013 with Walorski’s support. Walorski this week joined a bipartisan effort to ensure VAWA grants through the Justice Department continue to support local organizations in their efforts to protect survivors of violence and assist women and children. The letter to President Trump, which was also signed by U.S. Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), and Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), is available here.

Walorski toured the YWCA facility in South Bend and met with Linda Baechle, president and CEO of YWCA North Central Indiana; Amanda Ceravolo, director of communications and special projects; and Autumn McCully, housing manager. YWCA NCIN offers extensive support services, including shelter and transitional housing. In 2016 the organization served 2,159 adults and children. Photos from today’s visit are available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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