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Pasco County deputies: decrease in domestic violence

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Penny Morrill and Lynn Needs discuss the declining rate of domestic violence in Pasco County. Penny Morrill and Lynn Needs discuss the declining rate of domestic violence in Pasco County.
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The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports that overall crime index for domestic violence cases has decreased by 2.1%. Deputies say charity organizations in the area put in a lot of effort to increase awareness to help bring those numbers down even more.

During a press conference Tuesday, Lynn Needs, a director of the Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program, says sometimes the victims are unaware there is a way out.

"They don't know they have a safe place to go," she said.

The Salvation Army domestic violence 32-bed shelter relies on the generosity of the community to pay its bills, Needs mentioned. It sees as many as 150 cases a month of people asking for help from the domestic violence advocates throughout the area.

"We need money to help pay bills," Needs said.

Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program partners with Sunrise domestic violence center. Penny Morrill, CEO of Sunrise, said the center will soon increase the number of beds to 40 at their shelter in Dade City.

Morrill added that Sunrise staffers hadn't seen a raise in seven years but still stayed with the center.

"It is a tough row to hoe," she said about this job.

These organizations work hand in hand to help domestic violence victim.

"We are working together to try to make a difference in the community," Needs said.

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