As the only domestic violence resource in a county of half a million people, the Montgomery County, Tx., Women's Center was repeatedly filled to capacity over the summer and continues to struggle with demand for nonresidential services that have risen by more than a third since last year, reports the Houston Chronicle. Calls to its domestic violence hotline have jumped 20 percent, and there is no end in sight. With more people seeking shelter and counseling services, it's a fight for staff members to keep up. "It stresses the system - physically, emotionally, financially," said shelter director Laurie Oliver . . .
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