Schumer Advocates For Fed Dollars To Help Battle Domestic Violence

Sophia Hall
October 15, 2019 - 1:52 pm
Schumer Domestic Violence Presser

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — New York Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday held a rally on Long Island to push for more federal funding for organizations that help victims of domestic violence.

One woman told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that she was in an abusive relationship for ten years and things escalated so badly that she eventually was forced to put her 4-year-old son up for adoption to get him away from the violence.

It was only after she found held from the Safe Center that she was able to feel alive again, she said.

“When you're in a lifestyle like that, you're in total darkness. You don't want anybody to know what's going on, people might see scars or whatever, and I’d tell them, 'oh I bumped into the wall' or make up a bunch of lies because I didn't want nobody to know the truth,” she said.

Sen. Schumer says organizations such as the Safe Center needs federal funding to continue to support victims of domestic violence. He is pushing for lawmakers to renew funds that can assist law enforcement, youth, schools, victims and more

“They need funding because they helped me with everything - clothing, food, you know, you name it, they helped me with it,” the woman said.

She notes that her son is now 16-years-old and has a wonderful life with his adoptive family.