Domestic Abuse Programs in Stephenson County Collaborate

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STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- State budget cuts are forcing two non-profits to join forces to help women dealing with abuse.

Assault and abuse services of Stephenson County is transferring all of its clients to the VOICES Domestic Violence program through a subcontract that's good through the end of September. AASSC provided services such as free 24-hour crisis counseling as well as therapy services for victims.

"It's very important for clients to be able to maintain continuity of services so they're able to continue to see the same therapist, the advocate will be the same," said AASSC Executive Director Lisa Chapman.

The two programs hope that future grant funding will be awarded soon for VOICES to continue operating those combined services after September 30.

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