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Effort begins for Oxford domestic violence shelter

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A woman in Oxford is working to establish a domestic violence shelter in the city after the state shut one down in July.

The Oxford Domestic Violence Project was closed for not paying taxes and failing to register as a charitable organization before soliciting funds. There were also claims of misuse of funds and an unreported child abuse conviction of a board member.

Now, Terry J.W. Buffington, is working with Pat O'Quinn Shields, who helped open the first shelter in Oxford in the mid-1980s, to bring a shelter back. The Oxford Eagle reports that a meeting last week drew several community leaders.

Buffington says she is too old now to run a shelter but she's hoping to help establish a new board and find someone to get the project moving.

Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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