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CT NewsJunkie: Report - Shelters for Domestic Violence Victims are Over Capacity

A new report says shelters for domestic violence victims are consistently over capacity and the length of stay has increased drastically over the past seven years.

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence released a report Tuesday showing how victims used the services provided by its 18 organizations.

According to the report, domestic violence shelters across the state are full, with an average usage at 114 percent capacity. This is a 100 percent increase since 2008 when capacity was at 57 percent.

The cause of the increase, according to CCADV, was a concerted effort by the group to improve public awareness about services, coordinated outreach programs, and partnerships between law enforcement and service providers. Connecticut is one of only three states in the country to have these partnerships.

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