Domestic violence services threatened by shutdown?

10:58 AM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- An organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence says that it may have to cut some services next week due to the government shutdown.

In a press release from DC SAFE, it says it is the "only organization in Washington, DC that provides immediate services to victims of domestic violence and their families, has learned much of its funding will be unavailable after Monday, October 7 due to the federal government shutdown. Serving over 5,000 victims last year and 120 already this month, DC citizens cannot afford for SAFE's services to be cut."

SAFE representatives say it receives monies from the DC government, federal grants, and individual contributions. They say the District plans to continue contributing as long as it can, but without the federal aid, they won't be able to provide shelter, emergency lock changes at victims' homes, staff their hotline, nor have court advocates to help victims obtain restraining orders.

Representatives tell us SAFE must raise $19,000 within the week to stay open.

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