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State Funding Restored For Domestic Violence Shelters

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Aired 10/16/09

Domestic violence shelters throughout California have gotten a reprieve. Governor Schwarzenegger says he'll sign a bill that restores $16 million of state funding to the shelters.

— Domestic violence shelters throughout California have gotten a reprieve. Governor Schwarzenegger says he'll sign a bill that restores $16 million of state funding to the shelters.

The governor used his line-item veto to eliminate state funding for domestic violence shelters in July.

That put all of the state's 94 shelters in financial trouble. Six shelters were forced to close. Some of them were the only programs in their county.

Camille Hayes is with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. She says it's been a terrible situation.

"Women show up, they have their children in tow, Hayes said. "They say, I'm in danger, I need to get out of my home, and at best, the shelters that have closed can offer them a hotel voucher for a couple of nights."

The signing of the bill restoring state funding won't be an immediate fix. Shelters might not receive the money until January.

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EarlRichards | October 18, 2009 at 4:59 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Schwarzenegger should sign sign the domestic violence funding bill immediately, and not when he feels like it, because to save a battered woman is an emergency. How can a 97 lb. woman, who is seven months pregnant, defend herself from a 300 lb., muscle-bound terminator?

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