Thursday, October 16, 2008

Patrick spares budget for sexual assault and domestic violence

Due to the financial crisis, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was required to cut the state budget by more than $1 billion.

Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault reports that one area reports that one area Patrick did not cut was support services for battered or assaulted women. Kudos to him for finding the money in a tough operating environment to keep these key services.

From JDI:

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Spared Budget Cuts

JDI is pleased to share the news that Governor Patrick’s 9C cuts to the current budget did not reduce funding for the life-saving and life-changing services provided by our sexual assault and domestic violence member programs, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program and other providers across the Commonwealth. We will continue working closely with the Administration, our membership and our partners to determine how other cuts might indirectly affect survivors and do all we can to minimize the impact.

We urge everyone to send a thank you note to Governor Patrick for his leadership on these issues.

We also want to thank all of you for your advocacy efforts on behalf of these issues. It has made all the difference. THANK YOU!

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