EUGENE, Ore. -- After losing a significant amount of funding over the past few years, officials with Womenspace Crisis Center said that they can no longer afford to accept people who walk in seeking help with domestic abuse.
The non-profit provides support to women and children in situations of domestic abuse.
Currently they handle an average of 78 new survivors and 83 existing survivors that walk through their doors for help each month.
Executive director Peggy Whalen said that her biggest fear is that some of those women and children who are turned away from immediate, face-to-face interaction will leave thinking that they cannot come back with an appointment for help.
“What that means is if someone walks into our office, we're not gonna turn them away, but their not gonna be able to see someone one an one,” Whalen said. “What we will do is give them information, if they would like a return call we can work something out like that."
Eugene’s first domestic violence shelter in Eugene opened up in 1977, which later turned into the non-profit Womenspace Crisis Center.
Whalen said she hopes that volunteers will come forward and offer enough support to reinstate their walk-in hours.