Petition to Protect Crisis Services

 

Crisis Services and Senator Tim Kennedy are asking our community to come together to fight a potentially devasting loss of funding for victim support services in Western New York. With your support, Kennedy and Crisis Services hope to reverse a decision made within the the bureaucracy of the Office of Victim Services (OVS) to dramatically reduce funding for Crisis Services. 

Crisis Services recently learned that OVS funding they have received for over 20 years may be cut by over $300,000 – an unprecedented level, which jeopardizes the future of several services and programs now available to victims in Erie County. If this misguided funding decision from within the OVS bureaucracy is not reversed, it will likely affect thousands of Western New Yorkers who currently rely on – or may someday need – the support of Crisis Services. Over 8,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault will not have access to needed support services if this funding cut remains in place. 

Please add your name to this fight: By completing the form below, your name will be added to a petition that will be delivered to the Office of Victim Services to show that our community is demanding they reverse course on this decision. 

After you sign, please share this petition with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, via email or other social media.

Petition text

We, the New Yorkers gathered here on this petition, stand opposed to your recent decision to drastically reduce funding for Crisis Services.Without the critical resources that the Office of Victim Services has historically provided, Crisis Services will be forced to eliminate several important programs, leaving over 8,000 victims of violent crime annually without the support and services they need.

 

This unprecedented reduction in OVS funding for Crisis Services will impact their ability to carry out the lifesaving work they perform for our community every day. In addition to the programs for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault – which will be directly impacted by these funding cuts – Crisis Services also operates a 24-hour hotline that is available to help anyone experiencing a personal, emotional or mental health crisis. Since they began serving Western New York in 1968, the comprehensive array of services they provide have supported the recovery of victims of violent crime while helping individuals through crises and effectively preventing suicide. Any funding loss that jeopardizes their work is deeply troubling to our entire community and could have catastrophic consequences.

 

We, as a community, request that you reverse your decision and fully restore funding for the critically important programs provided by Crisis Services.