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Dane Co. puts $2 million towards domestic abuse shelter


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County is chipping in to help build a new shelter for domestic violence victims.

$2 million is set aside in the county's 2014 budget to help Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) finish building its new facility on Fordem Avenue.

DAIS executive director Shannon Barry says the announcement of the new shelter gave them more visibility and more people have come forward to request their services, so they've learned the need is bigger than expected.

"I think that there's been a great momentum in this community about talking about domestic violence," Barry says. "I don't necessarily believe that there's more victims, but I believe that more victims feel safer coming forward, they feel supported in the community, which they may not have before."

The Dane County Board still needs to approve the funding.

The money will help DAIS finish the building. The organization plans to continue raising money to pay for operating costs.


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