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John Cornyn hopes to increase funding for domestic violence programs

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is visiting a domestic violence center in Austin to announce a bill that would increase funding for anti-violence programs.

Cornyn will be taking a tour of the SAFE Alliance's SafePlace, an Austin center that helps sexual and domestic abuse victims get back on their feet.

The legislation is called the "Helping End Abusive Living Situations (HEALS) Act" and would expand funding for programs that provide assistance to abuse victims. It would also give centers more flexibility in housing survivors.

According to statistics, more than one-third of abuse victims in Texas have turned away from shelters due to overcrowding in 2015.

Cornyn and several other state leaders will host a roundtable at the SafePlace campus beginning at 1:45 p.m. followed by a tour of the facility. He will also hold a press conference with SAFE CEO Kelley White, Texas Council on Family Violence CEO Gloria Terry, and several other leaders from non-profits across the state that assist abuse victims.




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