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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY- Organization sees spike in calls from victims in the summer.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY- More people are calling an area domestic abuse hotline right now.
Courage Connection runs it, and workers there say they see a spike in numbers during the summer.
In the past few months, workers say they've received thirty more calls and are now providing  300 more hours of service to victims.

Jenny Hall is on the organization's board and oversees their resale store, Connections.
"We really want to do everything we can to make as much money for the organization as possible," she says.

Katie Harmon, the director for programs at Courage Connection, says 100% of the store's proceeds support Courage Connection programs.

One of those programs is the domestic violence hotline that's available to victims twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year.
During the summer, that line gets busier.
"My initial thoughts would be that more people are out and about, more partying, and drinking," says Harmon.

She wants people to remember, though, that those are secondary- not direct causes of domestic abuse. 

(Jenny Hall- Courage Connection)
50:32- I noticed that there's a new area in the back with wedding/bridal that's lovely, are we thinking about any other new spaces, or?

The Connections store is expanding. Workers are bringing in more items, more money, and trying to help even more people. 

"To know that there is someone out there who can be supportive, helpful, listen, you know you I really really implore you to make that call because we're here for you," says Hall.

It's something she knows as well as anyone because 15 years ago, she was the one making that call. 
"I had a beautiful wedding and a not so beautiful marriage. I ended up in an abusive relationship and couldn't find the ways to get out on my own," she says. 

Hall did find a way out with help from Courage Connection. 
"At first I didn't think it was courageous, it took me awhile to realize where I was at, what my best steps would be, but ultimately it was the best thing I've done for my personal life," she says.

Hall wants to make sure that same help is around for others, especially now when more people need it.
"I've been there, I've done that, and I know the huge need for this type of service in our community," says Hall.

Last year, Courage Connection served nearly 700 unduplicated clients and answered more than 800 domestic violence calls.

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