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Shelter budget cut as domestic abuse reports rise

IN the same week that PSNI figures show an increase in domestic abuse reports in Omagh, the local women’s refuge is hit with a 6.5 per-cent cut to its budget.
 
Over the last 12 months – there were 1,691 reports of domestic abuse in Fermanagh and Omagh, an increase of almost 200 from the previous year.
 

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But the Omagh Women’s Aid branch which is now dealing with more cases than ever, is fearful over their ability to cope with the increased demand for shelter as result of the budget cut.
 
The already-stretched service which provides accommodation for up to 50 families in Omagh each year, has not seen any additional funding over the last eight years despite rising costs.
 
The Housing Executive who said the decision to cut funding had been made because of “inescapable new financial commitments”.
 
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