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Limited options exist for Oil Patch domestic violence victims

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SIDNEY, Mont. -- A housing shortage in the Oil Patch is causing more victims of domestic violence to stay with their abusers, victim advocates said Tuesday.

Darianne Johnson, executive director for the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center in Dickinson, said during a listening summit on the impacts of the oil boom that victims have limited options.

Victims can stay in a shelter long term, leave the state or stay in the abusive relationship, Johnson said.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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