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Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties Celebrates Four Years

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Workers at Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties celebrated their four-year anniversary Thursday.

In the last four years the group has reportedly gotten more than 40,000 calls into their 24 hour hot line.

They have also sheltered more than 2,000 women and children.

Executive Director Kelly Abken said they are proud of all the work they've accomplished.  She said, "It's sad that we even have to celebrate this milestone, that there are victims of domestic violence in our community ... We're proud at what have done to help women and children in our community."

Right now they are providing shelter to 10 women and 16 children.

Abken says every year there are more and more women seeking assistance.

She does not think there has been an increase in domestic violence but more people becoming aware of their services.

 

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