Choosing Between Homelessness and Abuse

By Stacey Rachel

It’s estimated that 1 in 4 women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. While the public often wonders why women don’t leave abusive partners, the answer can often be as simple as “And where would they go?” Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Families that become homeless due to domestic violence often face challenges that other homeless populations may not have to confront,” said Trena Pruitt, DART’s Shelter Manager. “They may require critical safety measures, such as a confidential location, and it’s likely they will need trauma support. There is also the unfortunate reality that people sometimes stay with an abuser because they don’t have access to the money they need to get them into a safer situation.”


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