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Shelters turn women away as domestic violence escalates
Slashed funding, strapped donors, underwater mortgages and high unemployment are all causing domestic violence victim's shelters in Florida to turn women away at a time when the need may is greater than usual.
Domestic violence has risen during the economic downturn, and services are eroding.
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 92 percent of victim service providers have seen an increased demand in the last year, while 84 percent reported that cutbacks in funding were directly affecting their work.
In Florida, the state’s 42 domestic violence shelters had to turn away 3,352 women in the last fiscal year, said Leisa Wiseman, director of communications and government affairs for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.