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Posted at 9:06 PM ET, 07/31/2009

A New Threat to Victims of Domestic Violence

By Vince Rinehart

By Kenneth E. Noyes and Rebecca W. O’Connor

Victims of domestic violence and their children should not be pawns in the city’s budgeting process. D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s revised budget proposes a 10 percent additional cut to the already meager local funding for the D.C. Office of Victim Services. This would have a devastating impact on victims of domestic violence — of which there may be as many as 75,000 in the District.

Approximately one-fourth of women in the District are likely to experience domestic violence. In 2008, the District police department received 30,676 domestic-related calls: one every 17 minutes.

Domestic abuse spikes in stressful economic times. District service providers report increased crisis calls, more requests for shelter and a greater need for services for victims and their children. Simultaneously, local programs have experienced great losses in capacity, significantly affecting their ability to meet victims’ needs. This new funding cut would only compound the problem and endanger the lives of more women and children.

The Office of Victim Services plays a key role as one of the few local government funders of the fragile safety net for victims of domestic violence. Policymakers must prioritize and protect local funding for victims of domestic violence and their children. Lives are in the balance.

The writers are, respectively, executive director and policy director of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

By Vince Rinehart  | July 31, 2009; 9:06 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Fenty, crime, economy  
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Anyone who thinks Fenty cares about Domestic Violence has another thought coming, better off asking Chief Lanier!

Posted by: ifordc | August 3, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I thank God for the D. C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s for supporting this very needed organization which increasingly doubles during times of financial stress.

All information reported date and facts are very correct.

Posted by: Mrsjustice | August 4, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I will pray that all Cities & States {to includ New Mexico} continues to focus on Victims of Domestic Violence. I were so proud of Senator Richardson From New Mexico last year, for focusing on Domestic Violence in the Latino Communities as I watched him on C-span: on or around October of last year 2008.

This is one area of our society that must {survive major budget cut,} across the United States} because it affects all Communities, all classification of people. The education is much needed during times of financial stress, and the benefits to society is God Blessed for the victims, to include 5% of man who are abused yearly.

The Education and classes, will also help the abuser: If they are willing to received the counseling to save the families from future Domestics Violence.

Without these organization: many victims will rum home to love of their family, which can be very dangerous, Amen!!

Republicans and Democrats have worked so hard for many decade's to safety of these precious Victims. "We the People" need to made sure this organization continues to meet the needs of all communities.

All Domestic Violence Organization {do not teach hate under no situation}.

Posted by: Mrsjustice | August 6, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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