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August 9, 2010; Source: ChicoER.com | Recently, the Butte County District Attorney in California got the local board of supervisors to agree to a $250 surcharge on the fines levied against abusers. His plan was to use the proceeds to fund a domestic violence counselor in his office but a local shelter is challenging this use of the money, suggesting that it would be better used in paying for the education programs the shelter does in local schools. Without knowing more about the situation, we can’t know what should be done, but the fact that the two entities are sparring over money gives some cause for worry since in the best possible circumstance the two would be working closely together to make sure the system of protection overall was as it should be. The supervisors are wisely looking at other local models for guidance.—Ruth McCambridge