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Women's Shelters Feel the Effects of the Government Shutdown

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 October 1st marked the start of domestic violence awareness month, and also the first day of the government shutdown.

The month is dedicated to raise awareness and help find solutions for victims, but because of the shutdown, many of those victims seeking help are being turned away.

Katharine Macknight explains.

The stigma attached to being a domestic violence victim is enough to cause some to not to step up and seek help. But what if that victim decides enough is enough and now wants that help, only to be turned away? That's the problem many victims are facing at the 2,000 shelters across the country that rely on federal funds. But fortunately, here in Billings YWCA isn't feeling the effects of the shutdown as much as other shelters.

But how long the government shutdown will last is unknown, which raises questions about the future of domestic violence shelters. The shutdown has already delayed a YWCA rural program that was paid for by a federally funded grant.

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