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Program D: Family Violence

Program Authorization: R.S. 46:2121-2177; R.S. 46:2521

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Family Violence Program of the Office of Women Services is to empower battered and abused women and their children to make choices that result in safe, independent and violence free lives.

The goals of the Family Violence Program of the Office of Women Services are:

  1. Provide safe refuge and support for victims of violence and their children, through statewide contracts with battered women's programs.
  2. Expand services and impact public policy and practices affecting battered and abused women.

The Family Violence Program provides survivors of domestic violence with safe shelter, support and assistance to cope with the effects of domestic battering. Through contracts with 19 family violence programs statewide, 24-hour-a-day support services are provided. The need for these emergency services are critical. In Louisiana and across the country, battering is the number one cause of injury to women aged 24-44—more than car accidents, muggings and rapes. In the last year, 33 women in Louisiana were murdered by their intimate partner. Family violence occurs at least one in two-thirds of marriages, and among all races and classes. There is an accurate need for safe shelter for women and their children when violence occurs in the home. A safe place is essential for the woman as she reflects on her situation, looks at options and choices, and begins to make decisions for her future and her children’s.

The Family Violence Program consists of two activities: Services for survivors and Contracts with service providers, along with oversight and administration of funds.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with State General Fund, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from an additional $12.50 charged for marriage licenses. Statutory Dedications are derived from the Battered Women's Shelter Fund from civil fees charged on divorce proceedings. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each Statutory Dedicated fund.) The Federal Funds are derived from the Family Violence Prevention and Service Act.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$1,787,691

$3,271,906

0

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$122,160

0

Technical BA-7 realigning means of financing to balance to projected revenue

$0

$16,196

0

 

Increases the Battered Women’s Shelter Fund to budget for first-time civil fee collections in DeSoto and Sabine Parishes

         

$1,787,691 

$3,410,262

0

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

$0

 $0

 0

 

None

         

$1,787,691 

$3,410,262

0

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

$0

$0

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

         

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.8% of the total request ($3,415,239) for this program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

$3,410,262

 

Contracts with sixteen family violence programs statewide for the provision of services to family violence victims

 

 

 

$3,410,262

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.


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