Indiana may slash funds for domestic violence victims

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) – An alliance of domestic violence agencies says Indiana wants to cut funding for such programs by more than a third while demand for them is surging after a video showing suspended NFL player Ray Rice attacking his future wife.

Advocates from the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence plan to protest at a board meeting this Friday. They say the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has proposed cutting $1.25-million from the $3.5 million the state appropriated for domestic violence programs.

Those cuts could mean less help for victims in need.

“Frightening victims can’t be served, a dangerous message to send. What we’re trying to do is make sure someone is there to answer that call,” said Julia Kathary Executive Director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The Indiana Coalition against domestic violence serves 29 shelters and more than a dozen other facilities across the state.

A spokesperson for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says the funding is the same as 2013, and that they did not propose cutting any funds.

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