Domestic Violence Shelter
Organized by: Brenda Victim-Survivor
Domestic Violence includes hurting, threatening or putting someone down or making them afraid. It also includes trying to control them or make them do things. The abuse can get worse over time. Domestic violence can happen between people in a family, intimate partners, or other people who live in the same house.
The biggest problem domestic violence victims face is safe shelter. In the United States, 74% of female domestic violence victims have stayed with an abuser for economic reasons, according to the Mary Kay Foundation.
Money and finances play an important role for many victims when considering whether to leave an abusive relationship. In fact, economic factors are the strong predictor in a survivor's decision to stay, leave, or return to an abusive relationship. The devastation of leaving behind a home, income, benefits and economic security are challenges that all survivors of domestic violence must overcome, regardless of their education, job skills and personal earning potential. Many survivors of domestic violence have nominal or no access to money or have had their financial security destroyed by their abuser.