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Local Officials Speak About New Domestic Violence Study

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SALISBURY, Md. - The first ever "major global review" of domestic violence was just released last week, and it has some startling numbers. Among the findings, one in every three women have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner.

For local Police, this was not surprising.

"We do have a large amount of calls for assaults, and majority of those I would say are domestic related," said Sergeant Brien Whitman, with the Salisbury Police Department.

The Life Crisis Center is a domestic violence center in Salisbury. Officials there say between 500 and 600 women come to them for help throughout the year.

Executive Director Michele Hughes says that in many cases, the poor economy is to blame.

"It's very difficult for a person who's angry because he's unemployed or underemployed and can't take it out on the boss," says Hughes. "So you go home and you beat your wife or your children."

With so many programs suffering from budget cuts, the future for domestic violence looks even worse. Life Crisis has already been hit with $100,000 in cuts, and that's just the beginning.

"Unless the Congress and the Government can come to some sort agreement we can expect five percent a year for the next 10 years," said Hughes.

Since law enforcement agencies depend on programs just like Life Crisis, they are concerned for the future as well.

"If we lose those sources it's going to cause a damper on a lot of things," said Whitman.

To learn more about the Life Crisis Center or how to help, click here.

 

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