Senator Jeff Merkley and several Oregon prosecutors are calling on Congress to reinstate the federal Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA.
The law and its attendant funding expired last year, after the House declined to act on it.
In a conference call Thursday, Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis talked about a 24/7 program on Oregon’s North Coast.
He says the Domestic Abuse Response Team relies heavily on VAWA funding. Marquis anticipates serious repercussions if VAWA isn’t revived.
“At least in my community that programs will cease to exist. I think similar programs will cease to exist all over America.”
Merkley says, on average, more than 1000 Oregonians receive domestic violence services each day.
Merkley says the Senate is poised to renew VAWA, but that House support is less certain.