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Advocates Speak Out Against Perceived Domestic Violence Cuts

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Domestic violence prevention advocates expressed outrage in the last couple of weeks after perceived cuts to domestic violence funding by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the state agency responsible for distributing those dollars.

The so-called cuts – which were funds held back from shelters last year – were restored after the governor’s office ordered the CJI to expedite their disbursement.

Coalition Against Domestic Violence executive director Laura Berry says, in the future, CJI should ask for all the information it needs from shelters early on in the funding process.

“Because any delays that are placed upon our programs only deny services to victims,” Berry said.

Berry said she’d also like to see the agency run more efficiently, smoothing out a funding process that includes the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Council, the Victims Services subcommittee and the CJI Board of Trustees.

“That the council is able to come together, make those recommendations, they’re able to be carried forward to the board and we can get funding out to programs so they’re not having to submit additional information one more time – which takes up their time and resources,” Berry said.

The Criminal Justice Institute was unavailable for comment.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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