San Francisco – Days before Mother’s Day and a few weeks before Mayor Lee releases his budget, Supervisor Avalos hosted the annual Mother’s Day press conference to celebrate the success of San Francisco’s life-saving services, and to urge the Mayor to sustain the City’s commitment to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.
“Our network of services for victims of domestic violence is literally saving lives. I am proud that we have been able to keep these services whole for the last four years, even through daunting budget deficits,” said Avalos, who is currently Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee.
Near the end of the of the press conference, Mayoral representative, Joaquin Torres, announced that Mayor Lee heard the call and plans to keep the Violence Against Women (VAW) Grants, administered by the Department of the Status of Women, whole for the next two fiscal years.
“Each year, this Mother’s Day press conference has succeeded in raising public awareness and has created the necessary political pressure to stop funding cuts, ” said Beverly Upton of the Domestic Violence Consortium.
Before the press conference, the VAW programs faced more than $400,000 in cuts over the next two years. As a result of today’s efforts, crisis lines, shelter beds, legal services, and other vital programs will continue to stay open.
Other speakers at today’s press conference included representatives from Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Asian Women’s Shelter, WOMAN, Inc., Donaldina Cameron House, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium.