CA cuts ALL funding to domestic violence shelters

Lani just sent us this one from Feministing:

Although the state Legislature submitted a budget with a 20 percent reduction to the $20.4 million the state provides to agencies that offer domestic violence services, Schwarzenegger slashed the funding by 100 percent Tuesday.
For Catalyst, which relies on state funding for nearly 35 percent of its operating budget, the affect will be “devastating,” Executive Director Anastacia Snyder said.

“We’re still in shock,” Snyder said Wednesday afternoon. “We were bracing for the 20 percent cut, but did not believe the governor could, with a clear conscience, cut 100 percent of funding for services that keep women and children safe and alive.”

If you’re a resident of California, please click on Stop Family Violence’s action alert to urge lawmakers to reinstate funding for the programs that save women’s lives. If you’re not in CA – pass this on to someone who is! You can also post the following message to your Facebook account, or tweet it: CA Gov Eliminates funding for Domestic Violence Programs. Lives will be lost. You can help! CA residents click

I’m pretty cynical, but eliminating ALL state funding shocks me.

6 thoughts on “CA cuts ALL funding to domestic violence shelters

  1. Jender,
    the 20.4 million is from the Dept. of Public Health’s Domestic Violence Program. This will represent a substantial portion of the budget for many shelters — 20% for a shelter near me. Many domestic violence centers will still receive state funding as well as funding from other sources — just not from Public Health. The state is in truly dire straits, but as Lani notes, domestic violence funding should be seen as essential and I hope fellow Californians will submit their protests.

  2. according to a california friend on facebook:

    ‘It’s not clear yet that the line item vetoes were entirely legal (or that they weren’t, but they’re contested one way or another), so these cuts may undo themselves anyway.’

    fingers crossed.

  3. Thank you all for your expressions of support for the domestic violence community. I work for California’s statewide domestic violence coalition; we are the umbrella organization for the shelters across the state. We’re based in Sacramento, and do a lot of policy work. I just wanted to clarify the funding question, because it’s a bit confusing. The funding that was cut was the only money that was dedicated to shelter services, and went directly to shelter agencies. There is some other money that goes through CalEMA, but that’s spread across all sorts of programs related to domestic violence, including things like law enforcement training, community outreach programs, etc. The money from the Domestic Violence Programs under DPH was money that went straight to shelters’ operating budgets—it’s how they keep the rent paid and the shelters staffed. That’s why this is such an urgent problem, and why closures are an immediate possibility.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks even more for the work you’re doing, Camille. As I read your message, I grew hopeful that maybe the cuts weren’t as severe as they sounded, but now it sounds like they’re even worse. I hope sanity wins the day.

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