GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Local 5 learned some disturbing news Thursday about murders in our state linked to domestic violence.
A new report from The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows 40 people lost their lives last year.
While that number was down, a local shelter says that trend is not continuing this year.
This year Brown County already has four deaths linked to domestic violence.
The county's only shelter is over 100 percent capacity.
51 people call Golden House home right now, 35 are kids.
The staff is facing growing demand with a shrinking budget.
"We are using alternate spaces in the building for bedrooms" explains Executive Director, Karen Faulkner
Right now Golden House can only take people with extreme safety needs.
"No amount of violence is ok. Whether it is physical, emotional. Violence you don't ever want to turn someone away from wanting to leave a dangerous relationship. Unfortunately right now we do not have the space to help someone leave that situation" says Faulkner.
While the need is clear, funding isn't.
"Right now I am looking at a deficit somewhere in the $60,000 level" she says.
Last year Brown County cut $30,000 from the budget.
This week came another blow. Golden House lost a major grant from the state.
"It is our biggest fear" says Faulkner. "We continue to try and find ways to raise money because I'm not willing to give up".
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Mont and Local 5 is proud to sponsor Golden House's annual fundraiser "All That Glitters".
Tickets are on sale now for the October 19th event.
The night includes wine tasting, live music from Boogie and the Yo Yoz along with great prizes.
Local 5's Millaine Wells will act as emcee.
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