Governor Richardson Announces $200,000 Recovery Act Award For Domestic Violence Programs

11.09.2010

SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson today announced a $200,000 Recovery Act award to help domestic violence programs during the recession.

The award is funded by discretionary money made available to the Governor as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The funds will be used to provide support services, pay utilities and other costs critical to keep the programs running during the current recession. New Mexico programs have seen a decrease in funding and a drop in private donations in recent years.

“New Mexico’s domestic violence programs are a crucial resource to families in need, and this award will support services to address real emergencies in our communities,” said First Lady Barbara Richardson, a champion of fighting domestic violence in New Mexico.

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

“I commend the Governor and the First Lady for responding to an urgent need in the effort to stop domestic violence and protect families that need help,” said Pam Wiseman, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Many of our shelters operate 24 hours a day, each day of the year to provide crisis counseling, shelter and basic needs to families in emergency situations. This award comes just in time.”

For more information about the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, visit www.nmcadv.org. For immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.