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On February 19, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed on a party-line vote (235-189) HR 1, the Continuing Resolution, which provides funding for the current fiscal year 2011 (FY11). Rita Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, issued the following statement:

"On behalf of the one in four women victims of domestic violence and the 2,000 programs we represent throughout the U.S. and its territories, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is greatly disappointed with the House of Representatives for passing a Continuing Resolution that shortchanges victim services. Domestic violence and sexual assault victims rely heavily on coordinated social service programs such as specialized law enforcement personnel, nutritional assistance for women and children, gender equity in education and job training. HR 1 drastically reduces spending in FY11 for these invaluable programs and sets an unwarranted precedent for FY12."

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NNEDV commended President Barack Obama for his 2012 budget proposal. The fiscally-responsible plan increases funding for programs that prevent and end violence against women and girls.

"During a time of tough budget decisions, we applaud President Obama and Vice President Biden for their support of lifesaving programs for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking," said Sue Else, NNEDV's president. "Victim advocates across the country are excited that the Obama Administration so clearly demonstrates its leadership on these issues."

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A new survey conducted by NNEDV reveals telling information about domestic violence services in the U.S. On September 15, 2010 - one 24-hour period - domestic violence victim advocates served more than 70,000 adults and children and answered more than 20,000 emergency hotline calls. During the same 24 hours, more than 9,000 requests for services went unmet, largely due to lack of funding.

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