County Executive Presents Checks
to Domestic Violence Shelters

August 10, 2011 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders presented checks to three local domestic violence shelters during a special presentation earlier this afternoon. The presentation took place at Newhouse domestic violence shelter. 

Newhouse, along with the Rose Brooks Center and Hope House each received a check in the amount of $26,350. Each shelter also received an earlier allocation this year of $33,333 from the fund that the Jackson County Board of Domestic Violence Shelters administers.

The 2011 funding total for each of the three shelters is $59,683, a 26% increase over 2010 when each shelter received $44,212.

“Domestic violence is a problem that has a real impact on our community everyday,” said Sanders. “Unfortunately, as our economy struggles, the rate of domestic violence cases continues to rise. In a time of growing need, it is more important than ever that we provide the resources necessary for these local facilities.” 

The Jackson County Domestic Violence Fund is generated through a combined state and county fee of $10 on all marriage licenses issued in the county and a $2 fee on all civil case filings in the county circuit court.

Sanders was joined at the presentation by a representative from each of the three domestic violence shelters, members of the Jackson County Legislature along with members of the Jackson County Domestic Violence Board.

“The checks presented to all three shelters will go a long way toward stemming domestic violence,” said Newhouse President and CEO Leslie Caplan. “I want to thank County Executive Sanders and the Jackson County Legislature on behalf of all the women and children we help on a daily basis.”