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Demand for Domestic Violence Shelter Beds Rising in Northern Utah

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KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) -- Managers of domestic violence shelters across northern Utah say requests for help are on the rise.

That's despite data in a state report that shows fewer women are seeking protective orders against abusive partners.

Safe Harbor shelter Kay Card says her facility is so full she's turned away 65 families this year. And shelters in Brigham City and Ogden have also been full since January.

The 2007 Utah Domestic Violence Annual Report says one in three Utah women report being a victim of domestic violence.

But statistics in a 2007 state domestic violence report show the number of protective orders dropped in 2006 to 1,822. That's down from 2002, when more than 2,000 protective order.

Card says the drop could be attributed to the criteria judges are using to evaluate protective order requests.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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