CARMEL, Ind.--- Hamilton County's decision to slash funding for domestic violence programs is raising alarm amid a sharp increase in the need for services.
The county's Board of Commissioners voted last week to cut $10,000 from its domestic violence budget next year just a day after a murder-suicide involving a recently divorced couple.
WTHR reports the decision was made because there is no plan to build a shelter in the county.
But the Domestic Violence Network reports a 34 percent increase in crisis calls in Hamilton County.
The United Way of Central Indiana says domestic violence is the No. 1 issue confronting the county and is pushing to find funding for a shelter.
Hamilton County is the only one of the state's 10 largest counties without a shelter.