Government shutdown impacts domestic violence shelters

Government shutdown impacts domestic violence shelters
Domestic violence shelters impacted by shutdown. (SOURCE: WLBT)

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Some domestic violence agencies were relieved to find out they will continue getting federal funding despite the partial government shutdown.

“Those funds will not be impacted right away. They’re at least extending it through March 1st,” said Wendy Mahoney, Executive Director of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She told 3 on your side there was concern about funds from the Violence Against Women Act, which provides protections for victims.

The Department of Justice told agencies funds may not be released past January 18th, but agencies were notified money will be processed.

“That was a relief because some people were very very concerned about that.”

That’s not the case for some domestic violence shelters across the country. They are not in a position to take on new victims because of the shutdown.

“It’s very disheartening because you think about those agencies and organizations are open to assist people and they’re not able to do so. They can’t do it because of something that’s out of their control.”

Mahoney now waits for Congress to reach a deal to reopen the government.

“I think we have to look at it realistically almost day by day and now month by month in reference on how we are going to provide resources to those who need it.”

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