Posted at 3:07 PM on July 13, 2011
by Paul Tosto
A court-appointed official has yet to rule if domestic violence shelters and programs are "essential" and must be funded during the shutdown. But some groups already closing or eliminating services as they run out of funds.
MPR News reporter Dan Gunderson reports:
Some programs had funding approved before the shutdown, but the state Office of Management and Gudget has not yet written the checks, says Liz Richards with the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.
A handful of programs stopped providing services this week and more are expected to close by week's end if they don't receive funding, said Richards, whose group represents 87 programs across the state ranging from domestic violence shelters to supervised child visits for divorced parents.
"A large percentage of our programs have done reductions in services," she said. "As the word goes out, even if there are places where there are services at some level, people are going to get the message there's nothing out there and not even bother to make the call."
The first duty of any government is to protect its citizens. The government is not doing this by closing battered women's shelters. Without a shelter, for a battered woman to go to, she could be severely beaten or killed. Most men are bigger than women. The management of Safe Haven should sue the government for failing to protect its citizens.
I couldn't agree more. This is absolutely horrible. We need to start seeing MORE changes, and not LESS changes. In my opinion, there isn't enough battered women's shelters. We need more people to come together and try to figure out how to be of more help.