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Published September 30, 2011, 07:25 PM

More People Using Grand Forks Domestic Violence Shelter

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The number of people in the area needing a place to stay because of domestic violence or sexual assault is on the rise.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The number of people in the area needing a place to stay because of domestic violence or sexual assault is on the rise.

With more people staying at The Light Of Hope Shelter in Grand Forks, donations are needed.

The Community Violence Intervention Centers Shelter in Grand Forks helps more than 100 people a year that need a place to stay.

CVIC's shelter has 20 rooms for people who need a place to stay because of abusive relationships and situations. The shelter seems to be overflowing with people lately.

"It takes a lot of time to restart your life and escape an abusive relationship," director of victims' services Laura Frisch said.

Numbers of people needing a place to stay for multiple nights is up 40 percent since last year.

Staff say there may be several reasons for this.

"The housing, the finding jobs, if they haven't been allowed to work in the relationship they've been in, maybe they don't have the jobs skills to just go out and get a high paying job," Frisch said.

The shelter helped more than 100 people last year and this year, with people staying longer and budget cuts, it needs donations.

"Because the wear and tear at the shelter, the constant need to replace items, people come and go, things wear out," Frisch said.

Staff hope to get help to keep the shelter up and running.

"I think both the awareness is out there more as well as our housing market is tighter, the waiting lists are longer for assistance," Frisch said.

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