MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Agencies who work with domestic abuse victims in Wisconsin say nearly $20 million in new funding is needed to support core services in the next six years.
A report from the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin details the impact of tight budgets on victim service providers. The report outlines segments of the support system that need more funding, including emergency shelters and counseling.
Advocates say the funding would pay dividends by recouping the economic costs of domestic violence for law enforcement, courts and service agencies.
The State Journal reports officials say victim service agencies provide help to 2,100 people in the state on a daily basis and yet still turn away about 250 people each day because they lack the resources to help those victims.