DCFS announces increased domestic violence funding
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services announced increased funding Tuesday for more than a dozen domestic violence programs across the state, including in Baton Rouge.
One provider is expanding to Shreveport and Natchitoches to provide more opportunities for safe refuges during disasters, help individuals and families become independent and work to keep children in a safe community. Taylor House/Project Celebration plans to expand and replace Providence House in Shreveport and Domestic Violence Education and Support (DOVES) in Natchitoches.
"We are proud to announce these increases to further combat domestic violence in Louisiana," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier.
Cities all over Louisiana received domestic violence funding, including the Capitol Area Iris Domestic Violence Center in Baton Rouge which received $550,736, an increase of $5,554 over the previous year.
Funding to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence helps provide technical assistance to providers and fund the Domestic Violence hotline. DCFS considered the population size and number of square miles each program serves.