COLUMBUS – State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) today announced the allocation of nearly $1 million to domestic violence shelters and coalitions across Ohio.
The money comes from legislation originally sponsored by Lanese this General Assembly. Lanese led the effort to secure $1 million per year in the state budget for domestic violence programs. When the bill passed as a part of the General Assembly’s greater budget bill, the money went to the Ohio Attorney General’s office, who would ultimately have the final say in where the money goes.
“I applaud Attorney General Dave Yost for his swift actions to distribute this money during such a crucial time,” said Lanese. “Home is not always the safest place for some people, especially during a pandemic. When I first sponsored this legislation, I knew it would be used to help those in need, but to see it being used to help some of our most vulnerable citizens during the circumstances we are facing emphasizes the important work we do. This is the first time we have been able to provide the domestic violence victims a stable funding source. I applaud the Speaker of the House Larry Householder for his leadership on this issue and Mary O’Doherty, executive director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, for her strong advocacy.”
Forty-eight domestic violence shelters are receiving funding, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s office. In addition to the funding, the statewide domestic violence coalition will receive an additional $95,000 towards its services.
The funds will be used by the shelters to further their missions of providing resources such as court advocacy, housing advocacy, counseling, prevention and other services to survivors of domestic violence.
For more information, contact Representative Lanese’s office at 614-466-9690 or Rep23@ohiohouse.gov