Shelters for Battered Women on Cutting Block

Nick Winkler
April 1, 2011

State lawmakers are considering a proposal that could cut up to 11 percent from domestic violence shelter budgets.

Representative Tony Cornish says the state’s 27 shelters are not operating at full capacity. He also says some are getting too much state grant money.

But staff at domestic violence shelters say they’ve already made painful cuts. They say additional cuts will put women in greater danger and may force smaller rural shelters to close.

It’s why one survivor of domestic violence is speaking out. She says a shelter saved her life.