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Victims of domestic violence lose aid due to shutdown

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month—an important acknowledgement of a grave problem that is too often ignored. In the United States, 85% of domestic violence crimes are committed against women, and one in four women are victims of intimate partner violence at some point in their life. But at a time when we should be focused on solutions to domestic violence, the Tea Party government shutdown is hindering support for its victims.

At least 2,000 shelters in America rely on funds from various federal programs that have been halted due to the government shutdown. If federal funding does not resume, the vast majority of these programs are at risk of completely shutting down in the coming days and weeks.

The shutdown especially affects rural programs such as those on Native American reservations that rely almost entirely on federal funding. The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, servicing the Rosebud Reservation and surrounding communities, has lost 90% of its funding as a result of the shutdown—and the executive director says that she had to turn away four victims last week. From Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Flint, Michigan, local communities are being forced to cut aid to the people who need it most.

Speaker John Boehner and a group of Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives have the ability to reopen the government right now by simply letting Congress vote on a clean budget resolution, but they refuse to do so. This government shutdown is more than just typical Washington gamesmanship—it’s hurting real Americans every single day. It’s time to end this outrageous charade and restore crucial programs like the ones that help victims of domestic violence.

Tell the Tea Party Republicans in the House: Enough already.

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