A Women's Shelter is a place of temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent situations, such as Rape, and Domestic Violence. Having the ability to leave a situation of violence is valuable for women who are under attack because such situations frequently involve an imbalance of power that limits the woman's financial options. Domestic violence, broadly defined, is violence within a home. ...
A response to widespread violence against women, a women's shelter sometimes also serves as a place for women to organize for equality, which is an important distinction from standard government-funded service-based approaches to domestic violence.
Women are a rising statistic among the homeless population.
In a study of 24 formerly homeless women in NY it was found that their time in shelters "paled in comparison to the epic and tragic nature of these women's ongoing difficulties...
According to shelter statistics, the wait for subsidized housing is anywhere from 3 weeks to 5 years (sic) despite the existence of a special priority for placement for victims of abuse." (Sev'er 2002) The fear of homelessness locks many women into abusive relationships.
Opened in 1976 as the first domestic violence shelter in Washington, the YWCA Women’s Support Shelter serves women and children from Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, and from other states who are fleeing domestic violence.* In 2002, the Shelter provided secure emergency shelter and comprehensive support services to 424 women and children.
The women and their children who live in the shelter are provided with basic needs and support services for up to 90 days.
Shelter residents also have access to other YWCA services, including legal services. The YWCA is serving more women and children than ever today, but our services are also needed more desperately than ever.
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