When it comes to domestic violence, Illinois state funding to help victims can be sporadic but necessary to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the hostile environment they are trying to escape. Domestic violence situations can spiral out of control quickly, and many times the victims need to find a safe alternative place to stay.
Shelters designed for those trying to remove themselves from a domestic violence situation rely heavily on state funding for programs to serve their communities. The Sojourn Shelter in the state capital of Springfield has not received any financial backing from the state since legislators passed the stopgap budget in June 2016. However, this particular 24-hour, seven day-a-week shelter assisted more than 6,800 people last year who were targets of domestic violence.
A bill that was passed by the House and is before the state Senate is called the The Lifeline Plan. It is a temporary budget that would put more than $800 million into higher education and human services organizations. Domestic violence shelters and associated programs would come under this umbrella for state subsidy purposes.
People who are victims of domestic violence might consider seeking the advice of an attorney who has experience with these types of family law matters. If police responded to a domestic dispute, there will likely be an investigation, and a victim of abuse may wish to file for a temporary or permanent protective order. An attorney could help with many aspects of a domestic violence situation from obtaining copies of police reports to helping the victim file for divorce and child custody if applicable.