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Local shelter concerned over cuts to domestic violence funds

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Last Saturday's stabbing happened just hours after a community event to shine a spotlight on domestic violence. Advocates worry state budget cuts will hurt the way local agencies fight the crime.

Georgia is considering replacing all state money for domestic violence services with federal money. Leaders at The Liberty House shelter in Albany say that money could come with more restrictions on how it can be spent. So far this year, the Liberty House has helped 188 victims of domestic violence. They say for the state not to invest a single dollar isn't right, especially after a recent domestic violence fatality report.

"We're number 10. That's a strong message to send to our legislators to say, gosh we're number 10 on a list of 50 states so that's not a good thing to be on a list for, when you have the most homicides happening," said Silke Deeley, Liberty House Executive Director.

They're encouraging the community to step up and help. Silke Deeley says if five businesses donate 500 dollars each, she could buy five billboards to advertise where domestic violence victims can find help.

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