Doggett Announces 1,200,000 Dollars for National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Contact: Kristi Willis 512-916-5921

February 6, 2003

WASHINGTON –– U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Travis County) announced today that the Austin-based National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence will receive $1,200,000 in federal funds to prevent violence against women.

“These funds are essential in making sure the important work done here in Austin by the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence can help others across the nation as they struggle to end violence against women,” Doggett said.

The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, a national non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas, helps local, state and federal agencies develop policies to assist those who have been or are at risk of being victims of domestic and sexual violence. The grant will help the National Center provide logistical support to technical assistance providers with the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

“Our staff at the National Center has many years of experience working at the local, state and national levels with Safe Place, the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline here in Austin and other agencies located in Texas and Illinois,” said Deborah D. Tucker, Executive Director of the National Training Center. “We’re excited to expand our efforts to help communities around the country with their response to violence against women. It is an honor to have this opportunity to facilitate communications and make connections between organizations and communities and all those who assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

The money is provided through the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.