CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) - Domestic violence is always a problem, and in the midst of the government shutdown, one Cullman County shelter says neither does the need for money to keep its doors open.
Cullman's government-funded Harbor Haus is taking drastic measures to make sure women and children still have a safe haven to get to.
They serve more than 100 abused women and children each year.
Workers are determined to keep it going even if they have to work for free.
Director Donna Jacobs has already given up her salary until the federal shutdown is over. However, she warns if it lasts past October the shelter will have absolutely no money left.
"They're being physically abused and can't just go home and wait until the government decides to get back to work,” Jacobs said. “This is not a political statement, this is just reality."
Jacobs says what may be merely politics in Washington is impacting people's safety and lives here at home.
October is domestic violence awareness month.
If you'd like to donate VSOC, P.O. Box 416, Cullman, Ala 35056.
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