Federal funding underpins our nation’s improvements to the community-based response to domestic and sexual violence.

A secretive high society gentleman's club frequented by Atlanta's most wealthy and prominent people has been thrust into the spotlight after allegations emerged of its elite members golfing naked, urinating in public and committing a host of lewd, drunken acts. Weitnauer, a top bankruptcy lawyer, wrote a scathing letter detailing these frat-boy antics to the president of the Piedmont Driving Club - an invitation-only organization that has brought together Georgia's most powerful people since the Gilded Age. Mr Weitnauer, who worked on both the Enron and Lehman Brothers bankruptcies, intended for his letter to be a private note, demanding the club take action against the members guilty of the bad behaviour.

Then, 'one member decided to show off to other members, and a caddie, his ability to pick up a golf ball with his naked butt cheeks.

I suspect that this behavior - if it occurred at Bobby Jones Golf Course [a municipal course in Atlanta] - would have resulted in a call to the police and the arrest of the offender.

When a guest at a nearby wedding reception asked the members to quiet down because they were causing a disturbance, the Piedmont members responded by telling him 'go f*** yourself' and mooning the wedding party, according to Mr Weitnauer.

Our nation has made such phenomenal progress in understanding and addressing sexual and domestic violence because we have made a national, ongoing, annual investment.

Before the passage of VAWA, law enforcement often failed to conduct effective investigations and make arrests where appropriate, prosecutors often declined to file charges they could have proven, and courts often neglected or mishandled cases involving survivors and their families.

Given reduced funding and staff, local programs had to reduce or completely eliminate countless services, including emergency shelter, legal advocacy, and counseling.

The federal government funds critical programs at the U. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS) that reach into every community across the nation to provide safety, access to services, and justice for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

vii A 2008 study shows conclusively that the nation’s domestic violence shelters, funded in significant part by FVPSA, are addressing victims’ urgent and long-term needs and are helping victims protect themselves and their Additionally, recent increased funding released via VOCA has allowed communities to foster innovation, reduce waitlists, increase services, hire vital staff to help and counsel more survivors, and expand rural services.