Domestic violence shelters forced to turn victims away for lack of government handouts

Over the last two years, the state’s 13 crisis centers — including shelters in Dover, Portsmouth and Rochester — have collectively turned away 2,520 adults and 1,204 children, while serving 24,926 individuals. Shelter officials say adults and children were turned away due to a lack of capacity, limited funding and the fact most victims now stay for as long as four months to a year, an average that has risen sharply in recent years.


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