No one wants to end up at a shelter.
But we’re grateful that they’re around.
Women’s domestic violence shelters are chronically underfunded. The support workers are over-worked and under-payed. They’re constantly trying to fill positions and find volunteers because people in these jobs burn out.
The shelters are crowded. There’s no guarantee that a women or a mother with kids, who are fleeing domestic violence, will get in. Can you imagine having the courage to leave your home and your abusive situation and have no where to go? With no money and only the clothes on your back?
And what does this say about our culture, our country, or humanity? What does this say about the way we value women and children? What does this say about men and violence? I can’t help but see a correlation between men enacting harm upon women and children and also being the majority of governmental decision makers on funding for shelters, transition homes, and programs.
Every two and a half days a woman is murdered.
I wonder if they had the support they needed, if they would be alive today.
How can you help?
Donate money, clothes, toiletries, supplies, time, to a domestic violence shelter. But mostly money. Put them on the top of your monthly charity donation. Put them on the top of your list at the holiday season. They need your help. They will put every penny into aiding and protecting a woman and her children.
This is a shout out to men. We need your help. Share this message with your friends and family. Share your money. Speak up and speak out. Ask women and organizations how you can help. Be the solution.
“If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women we must start from the home, for if a women cannot be safe in her own house, then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.” -Aysha Taryam
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