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FBI Honors WEAVE's Beth Hassett

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 12, 2011

WEAVE's Executive Director Beth Hassett says domestic violence victims are less likely to call during the holidays. She says an influx of calls comes post-holiday season.

"Right after Thanksgiving weekend, right after Christmas, people who were trying to do what they felt was best for their kids and keep everybody together just can't handle it anymore."

Hassett says so far this year, WEAVE has received nearly 16,000 calls on its 24-hour support line and provided refuge for more than 360 women and children at its safe house.

"The big thing that we're seeing that's different is that victims are staying longer in really violent relationships because they're so concerned about the economy."

Earlier today, the FBI's Sacramento Field Office presented Hassett with the agency's Community Leadership Award. Steve Dupre with the FBI says today's event is a precursor to a national ceremony next year.

"In March, Beth and 55 other recipients will travel to FBI headquarters for a national ceremony where they will each receive the award from the FBI director."

Hassett says the award is a big morale booster for WEAVE's staff and volunteers.

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