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Crisis Center Cuts

Jackie Bolden, Lost her daughter to domestic violence Jackie Bolden, Lost her daughter to domestic violence
Executive Director Norma Luginbyhl of the Hutchinson County Crisis Center Executive Director Norma Luginbyhl of the Hutchinson County Crisis Center

Thousands of dollars in funding are cut from the Hutchinson County Crisis Center. Leaving advocates and volunteers scrambling to find a means to help hundreds of domestic violence victims they see every year.

Hutchinson county crisis center has seen 76% jump in the number of victims they serve. Meanwhile, losing $70,000 dollars in funding that goes to help the victims.

Jackie Bolden lost her daughter to domestic violence a decade ago and life has never been the same. "It's not a path I would've chosen but I'll tell you this because of what happened to my daughter I decided to get into victim advocacy, Bolden said.

Bolden volunteers her time helping crisis centers across the Panhandle. Something Hutchinson County Crisis needs even more, since thousands of dollars have been cut from the center.

Executive Director Norma Luginbyhl of the Hutchinson County Crisis Center said, "As the money goes along and it dwindles then are only alternative is to close the shelter". An alternative leaving advocates searching for new ways to give a voice to domestic violence victims. "They don't have a voice any more they can't speak out they can't talk. Someone has to talk out on their behalf. It's a realty in the lives they live every day, Bolden said.

Every day this mother worries about the reality that shelters across the Panhandle could face, if they are not able to reach out to Panhandle domestic violence victims.

Luginbyhl says the center is trying to raise funds for their shelter through civic organizations and new grants. If they are not able to bring more money in the first cut may be the Hutchinson County Crisis Shelter.

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