Sunday, February 05, 2006

States increasing funding for victims of crime

Many newly filed state budgets for FY2007 propose increases in funding
for crime victim services and crime prevention. For example, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's budget, filed on January 25, would provide more than $32 million for domestic assault and sexual assault prevention programs and $1.8 million for medical and legal counseling of domestic or sexual assault victims. This represents a 5.8 percent increase in funding for victim services. In California, Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger's budget would direct an additional $1.1 million toward local victim-witness service centers. This increase would permit the centers to assist crime victims and witnesses in attending parole hearings, finding counseling resources, and obtaining benefits. Compliments of National Center for Victims of Crime