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Government Shutdown to Impact Domestic Violence Services

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It won't be long before the government shutdown impacts yet another part of society.  Advocates say this one will hit close to home for many who are already at risk.

The Council on Abused Women's Services -- or CAWS, as it is known -- warns that shelters, victim services and programs like Temporary Aid to Needy Families do not have access to their federal funding.  Since these services operate on a reimbursement system, the effects are not being felt -- yet -- but they're coming.

"Any of those traditional social services net that catches folks, there'll be no place for them to go.  And so people who are already at risk will become at greater risk," says Linda Isakson, Assistant Director, CAWS.
Also affected is the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which CAWS says is one of the main ways victims in North Dakota get connected to services.  In 2011, the Hotline documented 174 calls from North Dakota -- 70% of those were from victims.  The Hotline currently has no access to funding for fiscal year 2014 due to the government shutdown. 


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