Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Help Keep Funding for Services that Victims of Domestic Violence so Urgently Need!

Help Keep Funding for Services that Victims of Domestic Violence so Urgently Need!


Help us keep the funding needed for victims of domestic violence NOW!
Budget cuts will hurt women.
Dear Supporter of Women's Rights:
You were there for women when NOW-NYS campaigned to expel Senator Monserrate who inflicted pain on a woman that he supposedly loved. For that, I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.
I pledge to continue my work on behalf of all victims of domestic violence. Not only by the work that I did to urge expulsion of Monserrate, but also for the victims/survivors of this heinous crime. Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her life time?
That's why I am asking you for your much needed financial help today. Let me explain.
The current budget that the Governor is proposing is basically eliminating much of the  state funding for domestic violence services.
Further there is a proposed merger in the making. This will be devastating to those who need services. The proposed merger is of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (NYSOPDV) and the NYS Division of Criminal justice Services (NYSDCJS). There is also a proposal for the OPDV to operate the NYS domestic and sexual violence hotline. This would significantly devalue the issue of domestic violence services in NYS. This move reduces safety, security and support to victims of domestic violence and their children and it would mean an actual cost shift of $18 million.
Simply put, a reduction of money for local districts! Here's what the outcome will be:
1. elimination of the $3M TANF money previously available for non-residential services.
2. elimination of state funding for the domestic violence/child protective service collaborations, leaving only federal funds available for their support.
3. elimination of $1.2 million in domestic violence funding from the Senate, which has gone to domestic violence programs and civil legal services programs that provide services to survivors.
4. elimination of General Fund dollars being allocated to domestic violence programs and services in the State of New York.
5. elimination of the Supportive Housing for Families and Young Adults program (SHFYA) which provides critical funding for services for underserved homeless families headed by domestic violence survivors.
NOW-NYS knows that all domestic violence service providers would be affected by these cuts. These providers provide vital services for those who are in desperate need of safety and support. If this budget is passed without restoration of the funding, victims throughout our community will suffer.
With your financial assistance NOW-NYS can lobby to preserve much needed services such as shelter, systems advocacy, legal aid, child-care, and public assistance. These services allow the survivor of domestic violence to leave her abuser and never look back. I am sure that many of us know someone who has benefited from these services.
Your contributions to NOW-NYS are put to good use on behalf of all women and girls. No amount is too small. Every dollar is helpful. Will you help me with this campaign? Women and their children are depending on NOW-NYS and folks like you to make sure that they are not forgotten.
Donate to National Organization for Women-New York State at
https://www.nownys.com/donate.html
Then send an email to the Governor and Legislators to insist that they continue to fund programs for victims of domestic violence. Take Action  NOW!
In Sisterhood and For Equality,
Marcia A. Pappas, President
NOW -NYS

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