Making a difference: Advocacy groups to thank the Kansas Legislature
Northwest Kansas Domestic and Sexual Violence Services & the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence to announce new funding for crisis services
Contact: Laurie Harrison 785.232.9784 (office) & 785.633.9703 (cell) & firstname.lastname@example.org
Hays, Kan. — More than 20,000 victims of domestic and sexual violence seek crisis services each year in Kansas, yet only 40% of counties have crisis services available. The 2007 Kansas Legislature recently provided funding that would increase the number of services available.
“The additional resources provided by the Legislature this year will allow more Kansans to actually reach the life-saving and life-changing services they need,” said Sandy Barnett, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). “This will really make a difference to thousands of women and children, and is a giant step toward achieving safety in homes and communities across Kansas.”
Northwest Kansas Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and KCSDV are hosting a celebratory press conference featuring Representative Virginia Beamer at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 19 at Fort Hays State University, Robbins Center, One Tiger Place, in Hays.
“We are thrilled with the Legislature’s support because it will enhance our capacity to serve victims in our area,” said Charlotte Linsner, executive director of Northwest Kansas Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, a member of KCSDV. “Ending violence takes each of us, but the impact that the Legislature can have on thousands of victims is huge.”
The new resources will be used to fund outreach services to victims, and improve access to unserved and underserved regions of the state, including both rural and urban areas. Activities funded may include, but aren’t limited to, direct services, community education and needs assessment.
Northwest Kansas Domestic and Sexual Violence Services provides crisis services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Its service area includes 18 counties in the northwest part of Kansas.
KCSDV is a membership organization made up of 30 sexual and domestic violence advocacy programs in Kansas. These programs provide direct services to victims of sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV’s purpose is to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence by providing technical assistance, training, legislative advocacy, and policy analysis on a variety of topics for member programs, professionals and ally organizations across Kansas.