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Budget cuts hurt domestic violence shelters

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Local domestic violence shelters are losing thousands of dollars in funding after state budget cuts were made to close the state budget deficit.

The Providence House in Shreveport is the largest domestic violence safe house in the state. The organization, like many other domestic violence programs, has been forced to reevaluate their budget in light of new cuts from the state.
"We just have to learn to do more with less," says Providence House Director Simone Hennessee.

The Providence House is losing roughly $45,000 in funding from the state. Overall, Almost a million dollars is being taken from domestic violence programs across the state.

The Shreveport Rescue Mission is not affected by the budget cuts because it solely receives private funding.

"We estimate about 75 percent of the women that are here are dealing with some kind of abuse in their past," says D.J. Hejtmanek with the Rescue Mission. She says the Rescue Mission will likely see more people due to budget cuts at other facilities.

Last year, there were at least five murder suicides related to domestic violence in the Shreveport/Bossier area.

The Providence House accepts donations. You can donate by visiting their website.

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