State of Missouri Archives: on Families & Children


Bob Holden: $3M for more local domestic violence shelters

A safety issue that demands our attention is the silent sickness of our society known as domestic violence. For too long, much of this abuse has been kept hushed up behind locked doors because women are afraid to report it. Some feel some misguided sense of shame as if they have asked to be battered. Or they simply donít know where to turn. And the effect of this abuse is even more devastating on the children in these families.

Only 46 of our stateís 114 counties have domestic violence centers and support for battered women and their children. What is truly shocking about the situation is the number of women and children turned away. I strongly recommend an additional $3 million for local domestic violence shelters next fiscal year. [I also propose] a task force to develop a strategic action plan for how we can coordinate and integrate our approach to domestic violence, based on needs and priorities.

Source: 2001 State of the State speech in Missouri House Chambers Jan 30, 2001

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