Domestic violence programs seek public support against budget cuts
Communities Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) and the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) are asking abuse survivors and supporters to urge state lawmakers to avoid more massive budget cuts to domestic violence programs.
According to LCADV, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s current state budget proposal could bring total cuts to domestic violence programs to nearly $2.5 million by July 1, which equals a 38 percent funding loss to such state programs in only six months time.
CADA Executive Director Annette Gary explained that during budget cuts, domestic violence programs are usually the first to see financial losses. Groups like CADA depend on funding through the state, federal grants and private donations to assist and shelter domestic violence victims of all ages.
CADA and LCADV are urging supporters to contact their legislators, as well as Jindal’s office and the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services, to speak against future budget cuts.
LCADV volunteers and supporters will also head to Baton Rouge on April 16 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. to advocate on behalf of domestic violence survivors.
Gary said victims are especially urged to contact lawmakers.
“Tell a story about the value of the services you received, what it was like before programs were available and how program services helped you,” she said. “Let them know what a domestic violence program did for your life and family.”
Local officials are also encouraged to stand against the cuts.
To find your local legislator and his or her contact information, visit www.legis.la.gov. To contact Jindal’s office, call (866) 366-1121.
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