Budget cuts could leave some La. domestic abuse victims without help
Jacki Warner says Providence House helped her escape from an abusive relationship. Providence House says about 40 percent of its funding comes from public funding.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
The White House says Louisiana could lose $97,000 in federal funding for programs that help remove women from abusive relationships. Officials broke that down further, saying that roughly equates to 400 women that will not get help.
Jacki Warner of Shreveport can now say she has a job, an apartment of her own, and is raising her three girls in peace. A lot is going right for her small family, but that was not always the case.
"I had broken blood vessels in my eye, scratches on my nose and choke marks on my throat," said Warner. Those choke marks, and bruises, Warner says, were put there by her former husband. Warner decided to leave, not for herself but for her young girls."They heard him beating me. They remember. Now it's time for them to have happier thoughts."
Those happier thought are plentiful now. Warner and her girls found shelter at the Providence House. There Warner says they gave her a safe place to live, and food. But, even more importantly, they gave her confidence, the tools to start over and now the will to push forward.
"If it wasn't for Providence house I don't know where me and the girls would be. But we probably wouldn't have made it."
Simone Hennessee with Providence House said they have been forced to cut back over the years and now they could be forced to cut some more. 60 percent of their funding comes from private donors. The rest comes from the public sector.
"That's a tidy sum of dollars, and so we're trying to work ahead of the game, a little bit, to try and replace some of those dollars right now. We know it's coming," said Hennessee.