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Raising awareness about issues related to domestic & dating violence

N.C. House proposes to maintain DV funding May 18, 2011

   As our state and nation prepare for drastic budget cuts, many citizens are left worrying about how their lives will be affected. However, the victims and survivors of domestic violence may have one less thing to worry about if the NC Senate supports the House proposed budget. The NC House of Representatives has just released their budget which includes no cuts to domestic violence programs funded by the Council for Women.

In the fiscal year 2009 local domestic violence programs responded to over 120,000 crisis calls. In 2010 domestic violence shelters provided 6,000 children with refuge. Domestic violence programs save lives, and with the NC Senate’s support, they can continue to offer effective services to victims in need.

Investing in local domestic violence programs is a smart, forward-thinking choice for North Carolina because not only will it save lives, but it will also save money for years to come. Currently, the annual cost of inter-personal violence for our nation exceeds $5.8 billion (CDC numbers). These costs are associated with the treatment of physical injuries, reproductive health issues, and mental health problems such as post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.

Maintaining funding will also allow local domestic violence programs to continue educating their communities. An important aspect of community education is raising awareness in young people. Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to continue the cycle of violence in the next generation. However, preliminary research is revealing that community education programs such as Safe Dates are having a positive impact on the youth.

The state senate needs to hear from you how important these services are to our state. Please contact your state senators. The following state senators sit on the appropriations committee and are especially important to be contacted.

Senator Andrew C. Brock, Co-Chair

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 623
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 715-0690

Senator Jim Davis, Co-Chair

16 W. Jones Street, Room 2111
Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 733-5875

Senator Daniel T. Blue

16 W. Jones Street, Room 1117
Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 733-5752

Senator Malcolm Graham

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 622
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 733-5650

Senator Rick Gunn

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 312
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 301-1446

Click here for Senate representation by county:

Note 6.29.10: For ’09-10 FVPC received $36,490 in local gov’t funding; $90,326 in private donations; $57,993 in Private Foundation monies; $$42,755 through fundraisers


One Response to “N.C. House proposes to maintain DV funding”

  1. Hugh Giblin Says:

    What other funding, percentage wise, does the center receive?


    Hugh Giblin

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