Funding Cuts Hurt Domestic Violence Shelter in High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) – A domestic violence shelter in High Point could be forced to close after $90,000 in state funding was eliminated.

Family Service of the Piedmont, a shelter based in High Point, found out this month they will lose $90,000 in state funding.

CFW normally provides $90,000 grants to each of the shelters. However, the group recently said it would provide funding to the Greensboro shelter and not the High Point shelter.

State Representative Maggie Jeffus said she is working to reinstate the funding for the shelter. Jeffus said the same amount of money was appropriated for CFW this year.

According to Jeffus, the state statute suggests CFW should use the money to fund domestic violence centers that meet state criteria. The statute does not specify that only one shelter in the county should receive funding.

Jeffus said the Legislative Committee on Domestic Violence sent a letter to Gov. Bev Perdue asking her to assist in redirecting the funding in Guilford County. The committee expects an answer by the end of this week.

Jacqueline Williams, a victim of domestic violence, said the domestic violence shelters are necessary in Guilford County.

“I called the Crisis Line number. They met me at a location and took me to the shelter,” said Williams. “It was an experience that I will never forget. I’m very thankful the shelter was there for me and my family.”

Williams and the group at Family Service of the Piedmont is fighting to make sure the two shelters in Guilford County remain open.

“This decision acts like it wants us to pick a city for our services,” said Susan Wies of Family Service of the Piedmont.

According to the shelter, more than 900 victims of domestic violence were helped in 2009 by special shelters and programs in Guilford County.