Did you know that in one night, 16% of all homeless people in the United States (87,329 people) reported experiencing domestic violence?*
Domestic violence is an immediate cause for some homeless—individuals and even families. Many victims are looking for safety, and often with limited economic resources, which puts them at an increased vulnerability to homelessness. Some may be able to stay in their home or quickly find a place to stay, but the reality for many victims is they are in immediate need of a safe, temporary place to stay, and many end up on the streets.
While we are not a center for domestic violence, we often provide shelter for survivors. A woman recently came to IFM with her two children, escaping from an abusive relationship. After years of suffering and being hospitalized due to domestic violence, she finally found safety at IFM’s Inn, our 24-hour homeless shelter. While at the Inn, she received case management and entered into an addiction treatment program. After a relapse to her abuser, she returned to the Inn—where IFM was able to help guide her to assistance in finding employment and a place to live. Stable in her own home and drug-free, the woman will soon get her children back just in time for Christmas.
Stories like this show the importance of serving those coming from an abusive relationship and being aware of the warning signs for domestic violence. Warning signs include excuses for injuries, personality changes, overly worried about pleasing a partner, and constantly skipping work/school/other events for no clear reason.
If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or reach out to Wichita Family Crisis Center at 316-263-2313 or Harbor house at 316-263-6000—both local resources.
posted Dec 19, 2018, 3:32 pm by