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NCJ Number: 66388 Find in a Library
Title: TESTIMONY BY CLARA L ALLEN ON JULY 10, 1979 CONCERNING HR 2977 (FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - PREVENTION AND SERVICES, P 71-83, 1979 - SEE NCJ-66387)
Author(s): C L ALLEN
Corporate Author: New Jersey Dept of Community Affairs
Division on Women
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Jersey Dept of Community Affairs
Trenton, NJ 08625
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE NEW JERSEY STATE DIVISION ON WOMEN EXPRESSES ITS SUPPORT FOR THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES ACT (HR 2977) AND RECOGNIZES THE NEED FOR INCREASED INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION REGARDING SERVICE CENTERS.
Abstract: THE DIVISION HAS WITNESSED THE EMERGENCE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS FROM SECRECY AND THE INCREASED NEED FOR SHELTERS AND INFORMATION. THE DIVISION'S BOOKLET LISTING NEW JERSEY SHELTERS WAS IN ITS FOURTH PRINTING BY JULY, 1979. ALL 13 FUNDED SHELTER PROGRAMS OPENED SINCE 1978 HAVE BEEN FILLED TO CAPACITY WITHIN DAYS, AS WERE THE EIGHT OTHER PROGRAMS, OFFERING EMERGENCY SHELTER COUNSELING SERVICES TO VICTIMS. THE SEARCH FOR FUNDING BY ALL CENTERS INVOLVES A MAZE OF TITLE XX PROTECTIVE SERVICES FUNDS, THE COMPREHENSIVE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ACT, LEAA, AND STATE AND COUNTY WELFARE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUNDS. STAFF TIME IS TOO OFTEN TAKEN UP BY THE SEARCH FOR REPLACEMENT FUNDS, WHEN IT COULD BE DEVOTED TO IMPROVING SERVICE DELIVERY. THE VIABILITY OF THESE EXISTING, SUCCESSFUL, GRASSROOTS SHELTER PROGRAMS IS DEPENDENT UPON AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL RESPONSE TO THEIR FINANCIAL PLIGHT. THESE PROGRAMS ALSO NEED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN THE AREAS OF FUND RAISING AND GOOD MANAGEMENT. RATHER THAN TOTAL FEDERAL OR STATE INTERVENTION, THEY NEED SHORT TERM, LIMITED FEDERAL FUNDING TO ESTABLISH THEIR CREDIBILITY IN THE COMMUNITY AND TO GAIN STRENGTH. THE DIVISION THEREFORE APPLAUDS THE HR 2977 PROVISION THAT PRIMARY CONSIDERATION FOR FUNDING BE GIVEN TO GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN ESTABLISHING COMMUNITY-BASED SHELTER PROGRAMS. THE DIVISION REQUESTS MORE REPRESENTATION ON THE PROPOSED COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND SOME CHANGES IN THE PROVISION'S LANGUAGE. NEW JERSEY'S MOST RECENT LEGISLATION REGARDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS LISTED, AND APPENDIXES SHOW THE DIVISION'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HR 2977, AN EXAMPLE OF AN ABUSE CENTER, AND THE DIVISION'S RESOURCE GUIDE. (MHP)
Index Term(s): New Jersey; Shelters for Battered Women
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