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Governor Corbett Highlights $1.3 Million Increase in Funding to Support Domestic Violence Programs

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Location: Harrisburg, PA

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.

"On behalf of our service providers statewide, I want to thank the governor for his
recognition and support for domestic violence services," Peg Dierkers, 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. Pennsylvania 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."

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual
orientation, religion, gender, or disability. It can affect people of all socioeconomic
backgrounds and education levels and can occur among intimate partners who are
married, living together or dating.

Governor Corbett was joined by Representative Sue Helm (R-Dauphin), Acting
Secretary of Public Welfare Beverly D. Mackereth, Pennsylvania Commission on
Crime and Delinquency Executive Director Linda Rosenberg, and representatives
from the Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate and the Pennsylvania Coalition
Against Rape. Many of the attendees wore purple in support of domestic violence
awareness.

For more information, visit www.pa.gov.


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