The government shutdown continues and now domestic violence shelters may have to turn people away.
Now two of the major funding sources for domestic violence shelters are not available.
In Arkansas shelters are mainly funded by the Violence Against Women’s Act, which is currently up for reauthorization.
Funding that has already been awarded through the government is also now unaccessible.
Executive Director Of The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Beth Goodrich said the shutdown will have a lasting effect on both victim’s and the resources needed to keep doors open.
“You have a safety risk for a significant number of Arkansans but those employees at shelter programs, if they lay people off even temporarily they may look for work elsewhere so the most immediate concern is safety for victims and accessibility to services going forward,” Executive Director Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Beth Goodrich.
Goodrich said if the shutdown continues into Friday January 4, many shelters may have to close their doors until funding opens back up.