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Domestic violence shelters got an eleventh-hour reprieve Thursday as the Department of Justice announced its offices that distribute essential funding for victims' advocates would remain funded through March 1 despite the partial government shutdown.
Unease had given way to panic and exasperation at many shelters as the clock ticked down to when DOJ's Office of Justice Programs and Office on Violence Against Women were set to close Friday, and pre-approved funds that nonprofits count on would no longer be processed. They are so panicked," said Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).
It's familiar territory, but this is at a different level, it's threatening to choke off really vital services," said Sojourner president and CEO Carmen Pitre.
"It's pretty incredible pressure in an area where there was already extreme pressure." Unlike Soujourn, CEASE has no reserves, and little opportunity in their rural pocket of Appalachia to independently raise 0,000 to make up for the federal funds they rely on as two-thirds of their monthly 0,000 budget.
Larger organizations, like the Sojourner Family Peace Center, the largest provider in Wisconsin, typically have reserves that can help tide them over until reimbursements are cleared.
Advocates lament the loss of bipartisan support they've historically received.