4513-1130........ For the domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and treatment program; provided, that funds shall be expended for rape prevention and victim services, including the statewide Spanish language hotline for sexual abuse and domestic violence services for immigrants and refugees and statewide suicide and violence prevention outreach to gay and lesbian youth: $4,058,264 (this is a decrease of over 2 million or 36%- if these cuts go through by the end of the whole budgeting process DPH will have discretion about how they are distributed)
4510-0810........ For a statewide sexual assault nurse examiner program and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner program for the care of victims of sexual assault; provided, that funds shall be expended to support children’s advocacy centers; and provided further, that the program shall be established by the department to operate under specific statewide protocols and by an on-call system of nurse examiners: $3,503,336 (decrease of about 120K)
4800-1400........ For shelters and support services for people at risk of domestic violence; provided, that the department shall pursue the establishment of public-private partnership agreements established for family stabilization services funded from sources other than the commonwealth; provided further, that services shall include supervised visitation programs, and scattered site transitional housing programs, including programs to assist victims of domestic violence in finding and maintaining permanent housing; provided further, that participants in battered women's programs shall be provided with information regarding local transitional housing resources; provided further, that funding shall be made available to enhance counseling services for children who have witnessed domestic violence; provided further, that funding shall be made available for emergency shelters for substance abusing battered women; provided further, that funding shall be made available for a statewide domestic violence hotline; provided further, that the department shall continue to provide any match funding required by federal program regulations; and provided further, that domestic violence prevention specialists shall be funded from this item: $20,832,710 (about a 3 million dollar decrease)
Rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence rates all go up in times of economic crisis. Last year, BARCC's medical advocacy program handled about one case per day. This year? We're already over 300. And that's just the people who, after being sexually assaulted or raped, call our hotline and ask for accompaniment to the hospital. This...
...we need level funding. Hell, we need an increase, but in this economy, we're not going to get it. We can't afford a 36% cut.
Please call your congresscritters. Please.
(And I need a nice suit, because I'm goin' back to the State House...)