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April 23, 2013

Retired judge donates to YWCA to sustain victims' services

CLINTON — Clinton County District Court Judge David Sivright has made a $1,000 donation to the YWCA Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Resource Center.

The YWCA is on a mission to raise money to sustain local domestic violence/sexual assault services after it was announced last July that the Crime Victims Assistance Division, the branch of the Iowa government that oversees the funding for such services, will regionalize services through six regions in Iowa beginning July 1.

Through his 20-plus years of service, Sivright, now a senior judge, has seen firsthand the necessity of keeping these services local.

“Domestic violence has a devastating impact on its victims, most often women and children, who suffer painful emotional and physical abuse. The advocates employed by the YWCA resource center and the staff at the shelter provide invaluable services to these victims. This is a community asset we cannot afford to lose” said Sivright.

Because of his donation, Sivright will disqualify himself from future cases involving allegations of domestic abuse.

Since 1978, the YWCA Clinton has been the only certified local provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Clinton and Jackson counties. From July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, 801 victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault received services, which include court advocacy, medical advocacy, options counseling and shelter. The state of Iowa regionalization plan for victim services is becoming a reality, shifting state and federal funding from local-level providers, such as the YWCA, to multiple regions, each made up of a dozen or more counties.

The YWCA Board of Directors is committed to keeping these services local for victims in Clinton and Jackson counties. At their regular March meeting, the board voted unanimously to keep these services at least through June 2014.

The YWCA currently is participating in the “Feinstein Challenge,” which runs throughout the months of March and April. During this time, pledges and donations of cash and food items to qualified non-profits will be matched by a percentage from The Feinstein Foundation. Feinstein will be giving a total of $1 million in matching dollars to those non-profits who aid in

ending hunger and eliminating barriers facing those less fortunate. To donate, contact Lori Freudenberg at 242-2110. Donations may also be made online on the YWCA website at ywcaclinton.org.

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