Domestic Violence

Study: Domestic Violence Takes a Heavy Toll

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Released today, the study indicates that more than half of victims who needed emergency shelter or transitional housing found it. But many women are still being turned away.

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(WOMENSENEWS)--On a single day last September, 9,641 victims of domestic violence tried and failed to find help, shows a March 6 study by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Sixty percent of their unmet requests were for emergency housing.

"The largest unmet need was for shelter. One of the first steps for survivors escaping violence is finding a safe place to go," the study said. "However, in most places, the demand for emergency shelter is outpacing the availability."

Lack of government and private funding along with a reduced number of staff were reasons that victims were turned away. Authors--citing domestic violence programs that participated in the 24-hour survey on Sept. 17, 2013--say victims who couldn't find safe refuge most likely returned to their abusers.

Surveyors found two women were killed by their abusers on that day. In Arizona a woman was stabbed and raped by her abusive partner in front of his friends.

They also found that over 66,581 victims of domestic violence--women and children--were served on that day. More than half of victims (36,348) needed and found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing.

The survey was designed to monitor the incidence of domestic violence and the extent to which victims were able to receive help and find safe refuge at a shelter.

"Survivors who are trying to escape from abuse and begin new lives have many basic needs: shelter, food, money, transportation, child care, legal assistance and more. One of the most immediate needs is a safe place to stay," said the report.

Out of 1,905 domestic violence programs and shelters identified nationwide, 1,649 programs, or 87 percent, participated in the survey.

One of those who found shelter is named Melissa in the report. She was pregnant with her first son when her abuser hit her for the first time and threw her to the ground. During the following eight years, Melissa endured the same ordeal until she decided to leave with her sons and search for safety at a local domestic violence shelter, which she found.


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Please read Dr. Paula Caplan' story posted here at WeNews called Military Recruitment Needs Sex Assault Warning. It is critical that women grasp the serious reality that being a victim leads to a host of other health and legal problems including being labeled as some kind of 'crazy" and drugged. The same things happens to their children.
Although shelter are necessary in a society that does not value the lives of women, children or victims, they are NOT without their own risks and by all accounts (rad their own reports) and see how they view their 'clients". YICKS. A lot of what they do is ensure women and children are automatically streamed into the only system that "helps" and one that one can NOT avoid in a crisis, the 'mental health" system. Shelters dispense dangerous drugs that cause death, disease and addiction to women in crisis and they are equally as problematic in labeling (without authority) and pathologizing women's normal trauma an reactions to abuse.
The CIVIL legal system - which is UNACCESALE to most women is just as problematic and supports the false (but profitable notion)that if you are a victim; you are "mentally ill" and are discredited as such.
The Nature, Extent and Consequences of Justiciable Problems Experienced by Canadians

1. People frequently have legal problems in their lives
2. Legal problems are more numerous and the consequences more severe for specific groups such as low-income persons or those with disabilities
3. Legal problems cluster in specific patterns and are triggered in specific ways
4. Legal problems are interconnected with social problems
5. Unresolved legal problems lead to other legal, social or health problems.

As sad as it is, police, victims services, the courts and the shelters al support the status thinking that perpetuates abuse and further harms women escaping it. Buyer Beware.