Gov. Corbett today said he wants to boost funding for domestic violence and rape crisis programs by $2.2 million in the 2014-2015 budget.
"I'm calling for an increase because I understand these programs are not simple line items, they change and save lives," said Corbett at a news conference.
Corbett, who is set to make his budget address on Feb. 4, said additional funding would bring the total to $15.3 million, representing a 10 percent increase over the prior year and be used to support emergency services, such as a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter and financial aid and victim advocacy.
In 2012, there were 110 victims killed in domestic violence incidents in Pennsylvania, more than half of the cases involved a firearm. The figure is the lowest it has been since 2008, but the numbers are still shocking, said the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence in a press release.