Bed shortage forces shelters to turn victims away

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): Indiana domestic violence shelters are serving record numbers of victims but have been forced to turn away hundreds more because they don't have enough beds.

The Indianapolis Star reports ( shelters housed nearly 12,000 victims and turned away more than 600 from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. Shelter workers say the number turned away would have been worse if they hadn't found ways to stretch resources.

Those whose lives aren't in immediate danger are often told there's no room or are placed on waiting lists. Once they get shelter, their stays often are limited to 30 or 45 days.

Advocates say they need more resources. Funding for nonprofits is still a challenge even though the economy has improved since 2009.