Joplin’s Lafayette House could be impacted by government shutdown

Violence Against Women Act expired in December
Joplin’s Lafayette House could be impacted by government shutdown
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Joplin’s Lafayette House is keeping a close eye on the government shutdown as it has the potential to impact its program soon.

While the Lafayette House runs mostly off state money grants and contracts officials say they are concerned about the protection of victims of domestic violence. The Violence Against Women Act which has to be reauthorized every five years expired in mid December. The act funds the national domestic violence hotline which helps connect women to facilities like the Lafayette House. Alison Malinowski Sunday with the Lafayette House says “I think its very important that our federal government say this is not okay and this is a crime and we will make sure the victims are protected and we’ve lost that right now.”

Sunday tells us that if at any point they do lose funding they have reserves in place and the house can ask for help from donors.