Florida domestic violence shelters face financial crisis, advocates warn

TALLAHASSEE —  The past few weeks have been hard for Cheri Brant after a confrontation between her boss at the Beacon Center and a state senator led to the dismissal and resignation of several staff members.

She was one of several people who left Volusia County’s only shelter for battered women in the wake of that incident, after which Daytona Beach police issued Sen. Tom Wright, R-New Smyrna Beach, a trespass warning.

The Beacon Center was more than just a job for Brant. It was a place where she felt safe when she escaped an abusive relationship five years ago. She

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