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Violence Against Women Act supports local victims of abuse

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

By the time you read this story, three women will have been physically assaulted in America.

But there's new hope to reach out to those victims through the new Violence Against Women Act, signed into law Thursday.

(See "Obama signs expanded Violence Against Women Act")

Many area victims of abuse step into the rooms of Quanada for counseling, legal support and shelter. Quanada helps about 800 people each year and workers say the new Violence Against Women Act may help them more.

Marilena Prier, Domestic Violence Program Director at Quanada, says the biggest impact for them could be additional funding for victims in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

It also helps fund rape kits.

"By serving those sexual assault victims at the hospital, it will ensure that they there will be monies for those rape kits," Prier said. "So that when they do come to the hospital, they will be able to have those kits administered to them"

Frier says that because the legislation is so new, they aren't sure how the funding changes will manifest for the rest of Quanada's domestic violence programs.

She says that any increases will most likely be used for LGBT services by bringing in a new counselor or expanding housing.

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