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Since fiscal year 2014, lawmakers have allocated anywhere between $52,781 to $643,456 to the prevention fund, with the largest-ever appropriation approved during the last budget cycle thanks to bipartisan leaders in the House and Senate who advocated for the increase, said Amanda Grady Sexton, the coalition’s director of public affairs.
Considering all funding sources, the coalition and its crisis centers would receive about $2.4 million annually under Sununu’s budget proposal which includes the $1.2 million state contribution.
New Hampshire’s crisis centers continue to turn away victims from its domestic violence emergency shelters due to lack of capacity. In the past two years, a total of 1,854 adults and 1,310 children were denied housing. That was during the same time the state contributed more than half a million in support services to the Domestic Violence Prevention Program.
“Finding the strength to leave an abuser and seek support should never be met with a closed door, but rather open arms and adequately funded services,” Grady Sexton said. “Our hope is that no survivor is ever turned away due to a crisis center being underfunded. We must show victims and their children that the state of New Hampshire prioritizes their safety, and that starts by allocating funds to support the lifesaving work being done by our state’s crisis centers.”