Stimulus Funds Designated To Fight Domestic Violence

New Mexico – New Mexico is getting $200,000 in federal stimulus funds to help programs fighting domestic violence.

The funds will be used to provide support services and pay utilities and other costs to keep programs running during the current recession.

The money will be targeted to the programs most in need, and will be managed by the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

The executive director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Pam Wiseman, says many shelters operate 24 hours a day to provide crisis counseling, shelter and basic needs to families in emergency situations.

Gov. Bill Richardson's office says New Mexico programs have seen a decrease in funding and a drop in private donations in recent years.

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