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RVAP faces looming budget problems

An article from The Hill reported last month that President Donald Trump wishes to cut funding for 25 grant programs in the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women.

The University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program faces a similar threat from state lawmakers.

The Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee is considering cutting $3 million from victim-services funding in the next year. In total, this would cut around 45 percent of that funding.

...Beth Barnhill, the executive director for the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said the organization could go backwards in many aspects if this budget cut occurs.

“Our workers in all other counties can drive to victims’ home,” she said. “I’m afraid we won’t be able to do this anymore if we get the budget cut.”

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