ASHEBORO, NC -- It's the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the National Network to End Domestic Violence says shelters across the country are at risk of closing because of the government shutdown.
These are agencies that provide basic emergency needs for people who have escaped sometimes near death experiences with violence.
WFMY News 2 stopped by the Family Crisis Center in Asheboro. They rank number one in the state for assistance provided to victims.
Lisa Bock is on the board and says the impact has been devastating. She says $95,000 of their annual operating budget is held up because of the shutdown and it comes at the same time other funding to the tune of $140,000 has been delayed by the state going on four months.
Bock says they are now struggling just to pay their employees.
"They are so committed to our mission. They are here for a very personal level of conviction but yet they have their own lives and their own responsibilities, families that they have to feed," Bock explained. "So, making payroll for us is a very critical thing. [The government shutdown] is affecting us on a lot of levels and certainly an emotional level."
Bock went on to say because of the emergency services the center provides, shutting their doors is not an option.
"We are getting pretty creative in terms of some of the solutions that we're putting into place to keep the doors open, to keep our staff here, to do the best by our clients," she said, adding that the center has also had to borrow money from different sources to keep running.
She says even if the government was to open back up Saturday, because of the delay and back up already caused, it probably won't be until next year before the center's funding will be back to normal.