Domestic violence agencies ask state to cover federal shortfall
April 22, 2021
ANCHORAGE (AP) - Some Alaska agencies that work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are expecting large federal funding cuts to take effect when the fiscal year starts on July 1 — so they are asking the Legislature for help.
Suzi Pearson, director of Anchorage-based Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, said she was surprised by the extent of the cuts announced by the State Council on Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault.
“When we were told 30 to 33%, I think we all kind of stopped breathing,” Pearson said.
The reductions are the result of federal funding cuts to the Victims o...