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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

There's new information about the serious financial problems facing the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

We told you in October the board of directors at the ACADV was forced to take over day-to-day operations of the non-profit group.

Wednesday night a former employee talked to WSFA 12 News about the money issues and about a potential federal takeover of the coalition.

Melissa McNeil says she's a former community consultant for the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She says Oct. 17 will be a day she will never forget because she and other staff members were forced to leave their jobs.

She says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is investigating the coalition, and federal officials met with former staff members and stake holders last week to find out what happened and what can be done to correct it.

"We were informed that ACADV would get a corrective action plan and basically they will have until about March to do the corrective plan and beyond that the possibility is that they could loose their funding," McNeil said.

She says if no plan is in place, the feds will take over.

"And if there is a corrective plan, then I'm sure they'll work it out. Now whether I'm a part of that or not, in the end, it doesn't matter because this whole movement is bigger than I am and the movement for domestic violence will continue," McNeil said.

McNeil says she worked at ACADV for 10 years and she and her former coworkers have lost their retirement and insurance coverage.

WSFA 12 News reached out to Susan Shipman, the current president of ACADV, but haven't heard back.

McNeil says the wheel is halted for her outreach programs but direct services to victims wasn't.

If you need to report domestic violence, call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-650-6522.

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