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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte has a new domestic violence shelter with almost three times as many beds as its previous facility and room for expansion because the need is expected to grow.

The Charlotte Observer reports the $8.6 million shelter with 80 beds opened Thursday. The previous shelter had 29 beds.

Safe Alliance created the project. President Phil Kline says the five-acre site has room to grow to 120 beds. He projects all 80 beds will be by January with women and children seeking shelter from abuse.

The fenced-in, gated site also has state-of-the-art security for thwarting intruders, including a way to box in unwelcome men who get past the gate.

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