Indianapolis - Domestic violence shelters report they are filling more frequently, in part because the economic downturn has forced victims to leave the care of overburdened families and friends and seek help elsewhere.
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence executive director Laura Berry tells The Indianapolis Star that the demand for safe shelter has been rising steadily for the past 18 months. She says previous resources these victims would turn to have dried up.
In Indianapolis alone, the number of families using two shelters rose by 9 percent last year over the previous year. The increase in demand comes at a time when funding from federal and state sources for programs and shelters is shrinking.
You may wonder where to turn or where to send someone you know for help. My children and I were clients at a shelter and the staff was wonderful and caring! There are many resources in the shelter that can be utilized to get a person back on their feet. Many of the women I met and shared experiences came from many various backgrounds and ages! All situations were different as, all the reasons for finally leaving were just as different. Everyone has a breaking point and a tolerence level that varies from person to person. You can not make a person seek help until they are ready, but you can arm them with information when they are ready or be that shoulder they need to talk. Here are some shelters for IN-
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