Governor Tom Corbett says his next budget proposal will include a $2.2 million increase in funding for rape crisis and domestic violence programs.
Domestic violence programs would see an increase from approximately $13.9 million to $15.3 million in state funding for services such as a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter and victim advocacy, according to a news release.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, which distributes funding among 50 rape crisis centers, would see an increase of nearly $800,000 and a total of more than $8.7 million.
Corbett said Pennsylvania's rape crisis centers serve more than 30,000 people each year. They also operate more than 25,000 school-based prevention programs and nearly 3,000 community prevention programs.