Cuts threaten domestic violence programs

August 5, 2009 5:44:05 PM PDT
Four shelters in Santa Clara County stand to lose $800,000 after domestic violence funding was cut from the state budget. At a news conference in San Jose a woman described how a shelter saved her life.

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"I stand before you today a survivor, a woman who, with the help of community solutions has never gone back to my batterer or to being a victim, who is able to provide for my four children and go back to college," said survivor Tamara Chukes.

Advocates, local leaders and law enforcement gathered Wednesday to outline the impact of budget cuts on people who depend on the programs.

State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco has introduced a bill that will set aside $16 million from the state's victim compensation fund to the domestic violence program.

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