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Victims program helps hundreds in Fulton County

The Center for Child and Family Advocacy, in Wauseon The Center for Child and Family Advocacy, in Wauseon
WAUSEON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A push to provideresources and aid to victims of domestic violence is underway, and the WauseonPolice Department is getting help from a grant to do it.

Police Chief Keith Torbetsaid it was more than 10 years ago when he noticed something was missing inFulton County.

"We were having 90-95domestic violences a year," Torbet said. "When I looked at the statistics, onlynine out of 90 went to see a victim advocate or got any counseling group."

So Torbet worked with thechief at the time to apply for a grant, and he says they've done the same eversince.

The grant is for more than$59,000 and it fully funds The Center for Child and Family Advocacy, a victimadvocacy group in Wauseon. Its purpose is to help domestic violence victimsconnect with different resources they may need.

Heather Galbraith, avictim advocate, says the center helps 500-600 victims per year.

"[That's 500-600 victimsper year] that would not have gotten this service," she said. "Who knows wherethey would have ended up."

The program is free anddesigned for anyone living in Fulton County.

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