PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A group that fights domestic violence in Rhode Island says budget cuts to a program that helps victims navigate the court system will affect hundreds of victims each month.
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence says it's calling on lawmakers to restore more than $300,000 in funding that's been cut from the court advocacy program since 2007.
The cuts forced the service to close its doors on Mondays beginning this month.
The program serves 8,000 victims each year.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin supports restoring the lost funds too. He says the court advocacy program empowers victims by giving them a voice in the criminal justice system and helps them get help for themselves and their families.