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Danville's Only Domestic Violence Shelter Closing

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Danville's only domestic violence shelter has closed its doors for good. DOVES, Incorporated provided services to victims of domestic violence and children for years.

Now, many worry there will be nowhere for those victims to get help.

Officials say in these tough economic times, raising money isn't easy, but this organization also had debt, from a corrupt former director who embezzled money three years ago.

As the bills mounted, so did the impossibility of raising enough money to keep these doors open.

It's supposed to be a safe-haven, a place domestic violence victims can stay, when they have no where else to turn.

"The battered women that I knew, they were protected, they felt protected. They felt they had a place and secure where they felt like they didn't have to be afraid," Jeanette Bennett said.

But as of Thursday, those women will have to find somewhere else. DOVES can't help anymore.

"We were always not knowing when/if we were going to be able to make payroll so we decided that it would be best to liquidate and dissolve the organization," DOVES Chairman of the Board Greg Hairston said.

It's news, that has many in Danville concerned.

"I think they need to come together and try to do something because you would be surprised at the battered women we have. Might be your neighbor,” Bennett said.

DOVES say they can't surmount their debt, but, hope another organization without debt will be able to help victims.

"It's unfortunate that we do not have DOVES right now. Right now, our last resort is going to be to contact the homeless shelter and see if they would be in a position that they could help out," Cpt. Matt Carter with the Danville Police Department said.

The director of the homeless shelter says they will do their best to help house domestic violence victims.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence," you can also call the Action Alliance at 1-800-799-safe.

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