The U.S. Senate sought to restore the funding through a bill called the VOCA Fix Act that would reverse the funding cuts and provide a long-term funding solution for shelters.
Domestic violence shelters around the country are preparing for a large decrease in federal funding that will take effect in a few months. Tundra Women’s Coalition in Bethel said that it will mean a 20% cut in its operating budget and could lead to a significant loss in services.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska on June 28. The announcement follows a visit to the state where he saw firsthand how many rural communities have little-to-no public safety presence.