Congresswoman Louise Slaughter visits Domestic Violence Center
Posted at: 10/16/2012 8:14 PM
Millions of dollars for victims of domestic violence and their counselors are at stake because the federal government cannot agree to re-authorize the law that is already in place.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter met with the Rochester Domestic Violence Consortium to talk about the problem.
The bill in the house excludes money for counseling services for gay and lesbian victims, Native Americans and immigrant victims of domestic violence.
News10NBC asked Congresswoman Slaughter why that happened. She said, "That came from not my side, let me put it that way, because we were all ready to go again. We've never done anything like that again, since '94 it's not been a problem."
The local agencies did get the funding that the law requires, but if it is not re-authorized by next March, that money will go away.
Since the law passed in the mid 90's, Congresswoman Slaughter says domestic violence decreased by 67-percent.