By: Letters to the Editor, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Re: Budget cuts hit aid for victims of domestic violence, A-4, Jan. 4.
Days before Christmas, the state Department of Children and Family Services informed Crescent House that their contract had been cut by $76,000. That same day several families received services -- including a mom and her children who had been terrorized by their father with a loaded gun. These children were traumatized and scared, but after hours of care and quality services, they left with bicycles and toys from Santa and arrangements for immediate safety.
In Orleans Parish, Crescent House is the only agency providing lifesaving services to victims of domestic violence. This program provides a 24-hour, 365-days-a-year crisis line that often is the only linkage to safety for victims.