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Government shutdown leaves domestic violence victims stranded

Domestic violence and rape crisis service providers across the country have received notice from federal officials that if the government shutdown carries on past Friday, they will no longer have access to the federal funds that keep them open and running, leaving countless victims stranded.

As Bryce Covert at ThinkProgress notes, some of these facilities may be able to weather the funding freeze while others, specifically rural programs that rely heavily on federal money, are looking at the possibility of laying off staff or shutting down entirely.

A domestic violence and rape crisis service provider in California shared her (or his) experience in the face of the funding crisis, along with the letter alerting centers to the freeze, with Andrew Sullivan's The Dish:

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