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Victims program helps hundreds in Fulton County

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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 provide resources and aid to victims of domestic violence is underway, and the Wauseon Police Department is getting help from a grant to do it.

Police Chief Keith Torbet said it was more than 10 years ago when he noticed something was missing in Fulton County.

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

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

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

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

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

The program is free and designed for anyone living in Fulton County.

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