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Smart Talk: Domestic violence organizations vulnerable during budget impasse?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 26, 2015 12:54 PM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, October 27, 2015:

Monday is Day 118 of the state budget impasse.  The 2015-16 spending plan will be four months late next weekend.

The longer the stalemate goes, the more desperate schools and social service agencies will get for state funding.

There are many institutions, organizations and agencies cutting back or borrowing money to continue providing services.

Among the organizations that are most vulnerable right now are those that work with the victims of domestic violence and for them it could be a matter of life and death or at least safety. 

As part of WITF's Gridlocked project that examines the impact of the state budget impasse, Monday's Smart Talk focuses on domestic violence.

Appearing on the program are Peg Dierkers, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalitiion Against Domestic Violence and Jennifer Snyder, Executive Director of Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Need help?  Call 1-800-799-7233.

 

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Jennifer Snyder, executive director of Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, and Peg Dierkers, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, visit Smart Talk on October 26, 2015.

 

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  • Scott LaMar img 2015-10-26 13:18

    A listener tells a story...
    I once experienced attebding family court as an advocate with a client. Her lawyer also was there. The judge told her if she just kept her mouth shur she would be ok. He ordered them to go home and figure out a way to live in the same house until their ddivorce was final. Last time I served aas an advocate incourt.

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-10-26 13:19

    Question from a listener...
    In a situation such as you talked about before where a man is the victim, your guests referenced that the man should not “hit back”. How do your guests advise female vs male victims differently in this situation. Should a woman strike back to defend herself whereas a man shouldn’t?

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-10-26 13:20

    Elizabeth writes...
    I have a comment/ question on the show. Another listener asked why some things are funded and others not. I have a feeling that perhaps the liquor stores are still funded because they can bring revenue into the state, thereby helping the budget concerns. This may or may not be right, but it makes sense from a business standpoint- if you need more money, you don't cut off the revenue streams.

    Thank you for the show and thank you to your guest for the work she does for victims of domestic violence.