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Preventing Domestic Violence Deaths In WV

October 14, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on any given day about 200 people receive housing from West Virginia programs. But several shelters say they've been full to overflowing in the last few months. Linda Godbey with the Women's Resource Center in Beckley says they never turn anyone away, but it's a struggle.

"Right now we have two single women doubled up into one room. In the last couple of months we've just had increased demand for housing because of domestic violence."

Godbey believes the state's shelters have to work together to make sure every victim has a safe place to stay.

"We never turn anybody away. We contact the other shelters and see if we can transport to the other shelter until someone finds housing. But we never turn anybody down."

She thinks the high demand might be due to word about the shelters getting out.

"I think it's because of the public awareness and the women know that there is help out there for them."

According to the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, their funding has stayed more or less steady this year in spite of the economic downturn.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV