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Women's shelter expects domestic violence increase

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

October 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials at the Liberty House say the battered women's shelter is full, and they worry they'll see an increase in domestic violence cases because of the struggling economy.

This is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Law enforcement put together a display of flags to show the extent of violence. There is one purple flag for each of their crisis calls for help.

Advocates say those calls are increasing as more families experience financial stress.

Liberty House Executive Director Silke Deeley said "We're seeing more and more crisis calls, so we're just waiting for an onslaught of a whole lot of things happening all at one time. You know we're getting closer to the holidays. The holidays increase people's tension."

The number of domestic violence deaths in Georgia is up dramatically this year.

There were 52 deaths in 2007.  So far in 2008 there have been 106 deaths in domestic violence cases.

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