Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault Director Julie Schulenberg made a fiscal 2014 funding request of $2,700 plus a crisis line to the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
The crisis line would amount to another $80 a month, or about $1,000 a year for around $3,700 total, up $500 from current funding.
In making the funding request, Schulenberg pointed to a consolidation of counties providing victims' services. As of July 1, 2013, Emmet County will be part of a nine-county region with the addition of Pocahontas.
Schulenberg said the current 24 shelters in Iowa will be reduced to six or eight by July 1, 2013.
For Emmet County, there were 804 new clients last year. Of those, 69 - or 9 percent - needed shelter services, said Schulenberg. She said the Spencer shelter will close, and clients may have to avail themselves of safehouses or motels which CAASA would provide. "This is where that trend is going," said Schulenberg.
Schulenburg said CAASA plans on getting into schools more with programs such as Safe Touch. She also said Emmet County will have a person working on domestic violence and another with sexual assault victims.