A humanitarian and public safety disaster

Loose Lips

First WEAVE, now House of Ruth: Another nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence is in financial straits, thanks to a reduction in District government support. Writes Susan Kinzie in WaPo: ‘Christel Nichols, president of the House of Ruth, said she received an e-mail Monday alerting her that the agency would not get nearly half a million dollars in anticipated funding from the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, which lost money when the city’s Department of Human Services budget was reduced….Nichols said she will ask donors to fill the sudden funding gap, but she is not confident they will be able to close it in this economy. The agency might opt to scale back programs at one of its 13 sites in the city.’ Says Nichols: ‘This is the absolute worst. Even in the darkest days with the control board and the city [budget] being a disaster, we never faced anything to this degree.’

This immediate result will be more of these women will be killed by their husbands or boyfriends. The long term result is that the pattern of violence is far more likely to be handed down another generation. This may be the worst thing Fenty has done.

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