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Domestic Violence Shelters In Deep Hole

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Aired 9/28/10

The state budget impasse has put domestic violence shelters in San Diego and other parts of California in a deep hole. That's because shelters haven't received any money from the state since June 30th.

— The state budget impasse has put domestic violence shelters in San Diego and other parts of California in a deep hole. That's because shelters haven't received any money from the state since June 30th.

The lack of state funds already forced three domestic violence shelters in California to shut down this summer.

All five shelters in San Diego County are still open.

One is called Carol's House. It's a 24-bed facility for women and children in North County.

Carol's House executive director Laurin Pause said she knows state lawmakers are in a tough spot.

"We all understand that the budget has to be balanced. But we look at this as a safety issue, not just a social service issue. We believe that people will die if there are no shelters."

Statewide in 2007, there were more than 174,000 domestic violence calls to law enforcement. That included nearly 19,000 calls in San Diego County.

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EarlRichards | September 28, 2010 at 11:18 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Chevron gouged $24 billions in excessive profits in 2008, as per www.tyrannyofoil.com. Schwarzenegger should put an excessive profits tax on these profits, instead of protecting the oil corporations from fair taxation, then, there would be sufficent public funds for all the vulnerable, people programs. Big business lost the fight to eliminate domestic violence funding, so now they are coming back with a vengeance. The First Lady of California has done absolutely nothing for battered women, ever since her husband vetoed funds for battered women shelters. There is no funding provision for battered women shelters in the May Revise. Schwarzee picks on the most vulnerable and not on corporate tax "deadbeats." Schwarzenegger, Shriver, Maldonado and Whitman could not care less whether battered women live or die. Battered mothers and their children are not expendable.

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