Friday, June 05, 2015

Billy Long: I will work toward ending domestic violence

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

The House this week continued work on appropriations bills and passed H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016. Aside from this moving us closer to achieving all 12 appropriations bills this summer, this touches a significant issue in the Ozarks – domestic violence.

More than 7,600 domestic violence incidents were reported in the Seventh Congressional District in 2012 - the last year with available complied data. That’s an average of 20 reported cases per day with many more going unreported. Local law enforcement officials in the Ozarks have seen year-over-year increases since then with domestic violence shelters unable to meet the need.

In May, I sat down for a roundtable discussion with groups from across the Ozarks concerned with this ugly trend in southwest Missouri. The conversation we had during the meeting shed light on how I can advocate on the federal level for programs granting law enforcement, medical and counseling groups the resources needed to confront this issue.

To follow through on discussions during the conversation, I voted in favor of H.R. 2576 and applaud the bipartisanship in its passage. This appropriations bill would give an 11.5 percent funding boost for a number of domestic violence programs. $479 million would be put toward grant programs that could reduce the number of domestic violence situations in the Ozarks, such as:
· $42.5 million for victim legal assistance.
· $33 million for rural domestic violence and child abuse enforcement assistance grants.
· $35 million for sexual assault victim assistance.
· Up to $16 million to support families in the justice system.
· $4.5 million for enhanced training and service to end violence against and abuse of women.
· $500,000 for the National Resource Center on Workplace Responses to help domestic violence victims.

I am glad to help further efforts to curb domestic violence in the Ozarks and will continue working toward ending this senseless, dark problem impacting our community.

If you or someone you know have been a victim of domestic violence or abuse, click here to access a list of resources for help. Any eligible organizations for these and other grant opportunities may contact my Springfield office, at (417) 889-1800, for information and support.


Anonymous said...

blaaaa, blaaaa,'s something that needs to end, but we citizens or as politicians would say, "common folk", get tired of hearing their sales pitch of lies & "I'm going to do this and this"!!! We have NO reason to believe anything that comes out of any politician crap-hole because NOTHING ever happens. Play both sides of an issue, get elected on those promises and then take trips on the lobbyist dime!!

Anonymous said...

Domestic violence usually has deep roots, in the sense that these people grew up in a household where it was an everyday occurrence. Not always the case, but seems to be the trend. It would be beneficial for kids in that kind of home life situation to receive counseling early on, so that maybe the cycle can end with their parents.

Anonymous said...

The man who says he never slapped a woman is a liar. The woman that says she never slapped a man is a liar. We are all animals and the instinct for violence is ever present.

Randy said...

I have never slapped a woman. One slapped me one time when I called her out on a pitch she thought was outside.

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed! Imagine getting all that text on a steakhouse napkin. Billy's good though; lots of practice.