HARRISBURG, Pa., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett visited the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg today, where he was joined by local advocates and leaders in support of his proposal to increase funding to domestic violence programs by $1.3 million.
"For decades, we have been struggling to confront a danger to the men and women of Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania'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 $13.8 million.
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 Pennsylvania 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.