Act 44 domestic violence funding was established 40 years ago and was last increased by $1 million in FY 2021-2022, to the current appropriation of $20 million. Domestic violence programs, however, are at a tipping point, nearing a financial crisis that threatens the ability to keep their doors open to welcome victims who are fleeing life-threatening violence in their own homes.
PCADV’s network relies on a broad and constantly moving mix of public and private funding to ensure the availability of services to victims 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A lack of adequate funding results in victims being placed on longer waitlists or survivors not receiving the services they need when they need them.
During a single day in 2022, PCADV programs served over 3,500 victims, but nearly 400 service requests were unmet because of a lack of financial resources.
Increasing Act 44 by $4M in FY23-24 will begin to fill gaps paramount to ensuring victim safety.
Your support is essential to securing adequate funding to ensure life-saving services are available to survivors throughout Pennsylvania.
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