Bustos Announces More Than $424,000 in Federal Funding to Help Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence with Disabilities

RAMP to receive funding from the Department of Justice

ROCKFORD – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a total of $424,734 in federal funding from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women to support the Regional Access And Mobilization Project (RAMP) through the Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program.

“One-in-three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and women with disabilities are forty percent more likely to experience intimate partner violence than those without. These numbers are shocking and completely unacceptable,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “We need to make sure Illinoisans have the resources they need to keep women and families safe and I’m glad to see RAMP receive this federal investment. It’s long past time the Senate reauthorizes the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act to address gaps in current law that leave survivors vulnerable.”

Last April, Congresswoman Bustos helped pass a long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA). The landmark VAWA legislation was first passed by Congress and signed into law in 1994 and, like previous reauthorizations, this bill makes improvements based on the recommendations of law enforcement, victim service providers and other experts. This bipartisan bill awaits action in the Senate.

This Office on Violence Against Women’s Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program works to provide accessible, safe, and effective services to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.