Gov. Corbett boosts money to fight domestic violence

March 29, 2013 1:19:46 PM PDT
Gov. Tom Corbett is defending his proposal to increase state spending to combat domestic violence by 10 percent.

At a news conference Friday at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Corbett said the $1.3 million increase would support an array of valuable services ranging from shelters for battered women to counseling and legal services.

Corbett said domestic violence often occurs behind behind closed doors or involves people who know each other, but that "we all agree that it's not acceptable."

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that, in 2012 alone, such violence claimed the lives of 110 victims and 31 perpetrators - the majority by guns.

The proposed funding increase would boost state spending for the state's 60 domestic violence agencies to nearly $14 million.