This is the sad reality as to what is really happening in the U.S. when Domestic Violence victims finally gather the strength and courage to leave their abusers and seek help. Without the proper funding from Congress, it seems those requesting help will remain victims of a system that does not acknowledge Domestic Violence to be a high priority.
Thousands of victims are being turned down on a daily basis due to lack of space and resources.
“In an ideal world, the victims would be able to stay in their own homes and live without fear, but unfortunately that is not possible,” Southworth said. “The most dangerous time for victims of domestic violence is when they are leaving the abusive partner or soon after. More homicides occur during that window than during any other time.”
Emergency shelter and housing are critical for a survivors’ safety, followed by proper legal representation.
“We know that victims need attorneys, and if they don’t have them they end up in dire straits when they go to court,” Southworth said.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: Why So Many Domestic Violence Survivors Don’t Get Help — Even When They Ask For It.