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Trump rally briefly closes domestic abuse center

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A Donald Trump campaign rally is temporarily closing a domestic violence crisis center on Long Island.

The Safe Center LI in Bethpage, N.Y., announced the measure on Wednesday due to road closures from the Republican presidential candidate’s event.

{mosads}“Due to the Donald Trump rally being held at Grumman Studios today, our center will unfortunately be closed to the public after 1 p.m.,” the organization wrote on its Facebook page.

“Walk-in emergency appointments, regular appointments and deliveries will not be able to access The Safe Center due to the road closure. We will resume full services at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.”

The Safe Center LI then listed a 24-hour hotline number and suggested calling 911 for any emergencies Wednesday evening.

The organization’s website says it formed in 2014 following a merger between the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADV) and the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN).

The group now provides resources for “saving and changing the lives of the victims of domestic or dating abuse, child abuse, and rape and sexual assault.”

Several protests outside the event are expected, Politico reported.

Progressive groups and unions participating include the NOW Mid-Suffolk chapter, New York Communities for Change, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Action Fund and SEIU 1999.

Newsday reported Wednesday that local police expect as many as 12,000 people to attend Trump’s appearance. Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said security measures include a “free speech zone” outside the event.

Trump is focusing his attention on New York after losing to Ted Cruz in Tuesday’s GOP presidential primary in Wisconsin. He leads Cruz and John Kasich by 31 points before the Empire State’s April 19 primary, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.

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