DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATE FUNDING RESTORED: $2.375 MILLION FOR DV SERVICES PUT BACK IN STATE BUDGET
State domestic violence funding was restored on Thursday, March 4, by the House Budget Chairman Alan Icet (R-Wildwood) in his Department of Social Services appropriations bill HB 2011. The restoration of DV funding to current levels of $4.75 million in state funds was included in the Chairman’s budget bill that did not include a 50% cut in state domestic violence funding--$2.375 million—that had been recommended by a House appropriations committee. Chairman Icet’s bill will be the basis of House Budget Committee deliberations on the budgets for each state department. Those hearings will begin March 15 after next week’s legislative spring break.
Thank you! Your hard work and dedication is a vital force for social change. Getting state funding restored for domestic violence services is tangible proof that the movement to end violence against women continues to change our world. And most importantly, your actions have affirmed the dignity and inalienable rights of women and children to safety, respect and autonomy.