Letter: Invest in state’s crisis centers

Published: 5/14/2019 12:01:22 AM

As a longtime Concord resident, I have seen the benefit of investing in our state’s domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crisis centers. I have followed the previous state budget cycles closely in hopes that these crisis centers would receive the adequate funding they need to continue supporting our neighbors who find themselves in abusive relationships, being sexually harassed in the work place, victims of sexual violence or elder abuse, or being sexually abused by a trusted adult.

Personally, I have many survivors in my life, and I’ve seen firsthand how trauma can manifest itself in a victim’s life.

Each time the state budget is passed I see the costly symptoms of trauma, like mental illness, substance misuse, homelessness and incarceration, prioritized. By funding our state’s crisis centers we have the opportunity to address these problems at their root cause – trauma. The early intervention, support services and prevention education provided by our state’s crisis centers will not only save lives and create safer communities, they will save the state money.

Investing in our state’s crisis centers is smart and necessary. I ask the Legislature and the governor to sign a budget by June that prioritizes this funding. Victims, their children and our communities are counting on you.

MARY McGAHAN

Concord




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