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Va. abused women's shelter can't keep up with demand

Saturday - 12/5/2009, 2:16pm  ET

Darci Marchese, wtop.com

LEESBURG, Va. - It's a difficult time of the year to spend in a domestic violence shelter, but that's the reality for many, and one area shelter can't keep up with the demand.

Susan Curtis, executive director of the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter says that there is a link between tough economic times and abuse.

"Often times, families are in financial chaos and that certainly that increases the potential for incidents of violence," says Curtis.

The small facility only has 12 beds, and Curtis says that hasn't been enough lately.

Curtis says the shelter provides more than just room and board.

"People need counseling; they need support services, and sometimes financial aid to begin new lives."

Curtis says they're hoping for big donations, or for donated land for a new shelter in a more central location, close to public transportation.

The shelter is also looking for people to adopt a family for the holidays, giving toys and clothing to children staying there.

You can find out more information about the center by visiting its website.

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