In an effort to reduce spending and balance the budget, Governor Schwarzenegger eliminated the $16.3 million initiative that funds domestic violence shelters statewide. The San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium & Partners Ending Domestic Abuse did manage to get public funding restored — but I thought you should be aware of just how much of a threat funding cuts are…
In this working example of the California cuts, a total of 94 organizations receive funding; for some of those organizations the state money is more than half of their budget.
But the effects wouldn’t only be limited to them.
Many shelters use state funds to contract with other nonprofits to help battered women & their children access legal, health, counseling, and other services at other agencies — but if the shelters can’t pay for those services, the nonprofits who rely on those contract fees will suffer too, forcing lay-offs & agency closures.
Not to mention the number of abused women and families in need of the shelters & other services which would be left to their own defenses.
Let this serve as a reminder for you to speak up locally about supporting your state’s funding programs; let your governor & state representatives know how vital the issue is to you before there is a crisis to be averted.
And this this be a reminder to donate to your local organizations which work with & support victims of domestic violence; funding is a terrible thing to lose.
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