Ind. domestic violence shelters to receive $4.2M

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – More aid is headed to domestic violence shelters across the state.  The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s Board of Trustees agreed to release more than $1M additional dollars than what was given last year.  More funds mean more help for those in need.  Something officials at our local YWCA say couldn’t come at a better time.

“We have a 45 bed shelter. Last week we hit a peak of 68,” CEO of YWCA Northeast Indiana Debby Beckman said.

No, it wasn’t just a busy week last week.  Over the past year, it has been a common trend local YWCA CEO Debby Beckman says they’ve been working around.  Doing more with less.

“We are at and over capacity and how do we make sure those needs are taken and no one is short changed in the services we are able to give them.”

News that shelters across the state will receive more than $1.5M more than they got last year won’t solve everything but will make a difference.

Talking with the spokesperson for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Gary Abell,over the phone he says board members voted unanimously to release the extra state money.

“They support programs that help victims of domestic violence and are certainly ready to put all of the funds that are available that the legislature makes available to use to help those victims,” Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Spokesperson Gary Abell explained.

Beckman doesn’t feel there has been a spike in domestic violence, just more awareness of what it is.  With national headlines including the NFL’s Ray Rice incident, she tells NewsChannel 15 it’s opening more peoples’ eyes to the reality anyone could become a victim.

“If you’re not in a domestic violence relationship it is easy to believe that it is not happening around you and that it is not happening in your family or in your neighborhood,” Beckman said.

According to Abell, the funds will become available very soon.

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