Follow-Up Review 21-05

Funding of Domestic Violence Shelters and Sexual Assault Centers Follow-up Review

Services impacted due to pandemic but funding to drop

June 2021



What We Found

Since our 2018 examination, the number of state-funded domestic violence (DV) shelters and sexual assault (SA) centers has increased, diminishing previously identified gaps in service coverage. Although grant award amounts to shelters and centers increased from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2020, future decreases in grant awards are likely because of steep cuts to federal funding, the largest funding source for these entities. Services provided by shelters and centers have generally increased, though these entities continue to face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With upgraded case and grants management systems, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) will be better able to collect and analyze data on funding and services.