11:35 AM Eastern - Thursday, February 21, 2013

Elizabeth's story: Deep budget cuts harm victims of violence #default

"If cuts hadn't been made...I would have a domestic violence shelter to send her to."

Emergency room social worker Elizabeth Oaksmith is often the first to find out about patients in dangerous situations. In her position, Elizabeth, an SEIU Healthcare 1199NW member, helps connect patients to the social services they need. For victims of domestic violence and other patients in vulnerable situations, these services can be lifesavers.

If Congress allows automatic spending cuts to go into effect on March 1, domestic violence programs funded by the Violence Against Women Act would lose more than $20 million. These cuts would prevent 35,927 victims of violence in the United States from accessing lifesaving services and resources, including shelter, legal services and children's services, according to the Department of Justice.

Watch Elizabeth's story about how budget cuts harm victims of violence:

The sequester also includes cuts that would keep 34,248 police, prosecutors, judges and victim advocates from receiving proper training they need to respond to domestic violence incidents.

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Elizabeth's story: Deep budget cuts harm victims of violence
11:35 AM Eastern - Thursday, February 21, 2013

Elizabeth's story: Deep budget cuts harm victims of violence #default

"If cuts hadn't been made...I would have a domestic violence shelter to send her to."

Emergency room social worker Elizabeth Oaksmith is often the first to find out about patients in dangerous situations. In her position, Elizabeth, an SEIU Healthcare 1199NW member, helps connect patients to the social services they need. For victims of domestic violence and other patients in vulnerable situations, these services can be lifesavers.

If Congress allows automatic spending cuts to go into effect on March 1, domestic violence programs funded by the Violence Against Women Act would lose more than $20 million. These cuts would prevent 35,927 victims of violence in the United States from accessing lifesaving services and resources, including shelter, legal services and children's services, according to the Department of Justice.

Watch Elizabeth's story about how budget cuts harm victims of violence:

The sequester also includes cuts that would keep 34,248 police, prosecutors, judges and victim advocates from receiving proper training they need to respond to domestic violence incidents.

Please take a minute to share Elizabeth's video on Facebook to help spread the word: We can't afford cuts to services Americans count on. Click here.

Share your story of how cuts to vital services like education and healthcare would affect you and your family →

Spread the word

Comments about Elizabeth's story: Deep budget cuts harm victims of violence are welcome. Off-topic comments and other violations of our community guidelines may be withheld or removed. Comments do not appear immediately after posting.
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