March 29, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor
visited the YWCA of
today, where he was joined by local advocates and leaders in support of his proposal to increase funding to domestic violence programs by
"For decades, we have been struggling to confront a danger to the men and women of
that can exist inside their own homes," Corbett said. "That's why, this year, I have proposed an increase of
$1.3 million dollars
in funding for
's Domestic Violence Program."
The 10 percent funding increase, proposed in Corbett's 2013-14 budget, would bring total state spending on domestic violence programs to
The Department of Public Welfare outsources services to victims of domestic violence through a grant agreement with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) which, in turn, subcontracts for services at the local level. A total of 60 sub-grantees serve all 67 counties in
providing a variety of domestic violence services including:
- Emergency services such as a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter and financial aid;
- Referral services to other community programs (mental health, medical, legal assistance);
- Accompaniment to police, hospital or court appointments;
- Victim advocacy; and
- Primary and at-risk prevention programs.
"On behalf of our service providers statewide, I want to thank the governor for his recognition and support for domestic violence services,"
, executive director of PCADV, said. "This funding is critical to continuing to support the needs of Pennsylvanians who too often fall victim to crimes within their own homes."
PCADV was established in 1976 and was the first state coalition against domestic violence in the nation.
then became the first state to pass legislation providing for orders of protection for battered women.
"We count on our partners to find the services and consultants who can, in turn, help those who have experienced domestic violence survive, recover, and resume their lives," Corbett said. "For the past four decades, domestic violence programs have given protection, help and refuge to nearly 2 million domestic abuse survivors and their children."