Statement on Governor's Budget Proposals Related to Victim Services & Domestic Violence

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Meghan Scanlon, President & CEO of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), today released the following statement regarding Governor Lamont’s biennial budget proposal which includes $13.175 million allocated from pandemic relief funds in Fiscal Year 2024 to replace lost federal funding from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Said Scanlon:

"We thank Governor Lamont for stepping up again this year to help keep victim service organizations in Connecticut whole in the face of declining federal funding. A portion of the Governor’s proposed allocation will help ensure that CCADV and our 18 member organizations can continue to provide life-saving services to the nearly 40,000 survivors of domestic violence who walk through our doors each year. Filling the federal funding gap will help support crisis response, court-based advocacy, coordination with law enforcement, and advocacy related to the basic needs of victims, all critical services as the state continues to grapple with a string of horrific domestic violence homicides. We applaud Governor Lamont for his continued leadership in supporting victim service organizations and all of those whom we serve.”

For more information on the impact of declining federal VOCA funding on domestic violence services in Connecticut, please click here.

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