Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill temporarily restoring funding for California domestic violence shelters that he vetoed during last summer’s budget crisis. The measure is good news for anyone locked in an Orange County family law dispute and caught in an abusive situation or who fears that a Southern California domestic violence situation may develop. If this happens, an Orange County family law attorney can be a valuable ally in protecting your rights and helping victims get the help they need.
According to a report in The Daily Californian, the Governor used his line-item veto to strike $20.4 million in California domestic violence shelter funding from the state budget last July. Under the new measure about 80% of that money has been restored, at least for this year. The money will be shared among 94 shelters statewide. A spokeswoman for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence told the New York Times that the move was “a positive step”, but expressed concern that the new measure “is only a one-year fix.”
In fact, the Times reports, the restored California domestic violence funding became possible only after Sacramento arranged for the state alternative fuel and technology fund to loan the required $16.3 million to the state general fund. That loan will have to be paid back in 2013.
Domestic violence can be the cause, or sometimes the result, of California family law disputes including California divorce and California child custody cases. When potentially violent family law disputes arise in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County or elsewhere in Southern California, consulting a Southern California domestic violence lawyer can be a key step in protecting yourself and your family. A California family law attorney can help obtain a restraining order while advising on other legal measures you may wish to pursue.
New York Times: A Reprieve for California Shelters
The Daily Californian: New Bill Returns funding to Domestic Violence Shelters