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PEER Study Shows Domestic Violence Shelters are Underpaid

JACKSON, Miss. — Domestic violence shelters in the state are not getting the money they deserve. The legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Committee (PEER) is now saying state health officers have failed to distribute $1.6 million to those shelters.

Back in October the state health officer told News Mississippi that shelters are only able to get $50,000 per fiscal year because of a 20 year old state law, but the PEER report shows that most of the shelters who were awarded grants in 2013 were not even getting that much.

The domestic violence task force criticized the health department back in October for failing to distribute or account for nearly $600,000 in state and federal money to victims.

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