Guest Editorial - State Senate was right in protecting domestic violence victims

  • Written by Vicci Hilty
On Tuesday (February 28) the Senate released its proposed supplemental budget, which made protecting victims of domestic violence a priority.

The Senate’s proposed budget preserves funding for domestic violence emergency shelters and other crucial social services, without shortening offenders’ prison sentences.

On a single day in 2011, Washington state domestic violence programs served 1,884 domestic violence victims, including providing 1,080 victims with emergency shelter or transitional housing, and 804 victims with non-shelter services, such as individual counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups.

On that same day, Washington domestic violence programs were unable to meet the needs of 502 requests for services due to a lack of funding or resources.

Clearly, the Senate understands that further cuts to these life-saving services for domestic violence victims and their children would have grave consequences.

We appreciate the Senate prioritizing the protection of life-saving services for domestic violence victims.  We hope the Legislature  makes sure the final budget preserves these services for victims and their children.

Vicci Hilty is the deputy director at Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County

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