The Wheeling YWCA’s Family Violence Prevention Program helps 1,500 to 2,000 people every year.
Director Patricia Flanigan says the shutdown has not yet affected their ability to receive federal funding.
But if it goes on much longer, that will change.
“So we would probably have to reach out to community members to ask them to help us even more than they already do,” Flanigan said. “They’re generous to us as an organization and we would just ask them to continue to support us. It just is not possible to have this service stop. We can’t do it. There are too many people out there suffering at the hands of abusers. And they need a safe place to be.”
She said family violence is a nationwide epidemic.
She said 73,000 people every day call a domestic violence hotline in this country.
She says their own hotline gets a huge number of calls.
That number is 1 (800) 698-1247.