Apparently missing his acting career, Schwarzeneger has made good on his promise to come back and has done so in the cheapest way. In an effort to prove that governments can run without taxes he has eliminated funding for domestic violence shelters.
The shelter in Madera County has announced it will cease operations, while, in nearby Kings County, the future is precarious.
Cooper said the timing couldn’t be worse as rising unemployment and the recession have caused calls for assistance to nearly double at the Visalia facility, run by Family Services of Tulare County. She said counselors are most alarmed by increases in domestic violence, homicides and murder-suicides that illustrate the recession can truly be deadly for some trapped in a cycle of domestic abuse.
Normally referred to as battered women’s shelters, the programs provide 24-hour transportation, counseling and a safe haven for victims of domestic abuse ›both female and male ‘›who fear for their safety. Children outnumber adults at Tulare County’s facility by a ratio of 3-to-1.
The shelter even offers a school with a credentialed teacher for the time school-aged residents are at the facility, which can be as long as 60 days.
Women in need of shelter will now instead receive these lovely T-shirts