Without Housing A Victim Is More Likely To Go Back To His or Her Abuser
Although emergency housing can provide a pathway to freedom, there are many barriers that prevent survivors from obtaining or maintaining secure and affordable housing. The majority of survivors experience financial abuse, meaning that they have not had access to family finances, have been prohibited from working, or have had their credit scores destroyed by the abusive partner.
The convergence of domestic violence, homelessness, and housing instability is undeniable, as a lack of secure and affordable housing is often reported as one of the primary barriers survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault face when they leave an abusive partner.
Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and children. More than 90 percent of homeless women experience severe physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives, and 63 percent have been victims of domestic or sexual violence.
Victims may also face discrimination in accessing or maintaining housing based on the violent or criminal actions of perpetrators. Additionally, victims are limited in the locations and types of housing they can access because of their unique safety and confidentiality needs and many housing or homelessness assistance programs have barriers that inadvertently exclude victims of violence.
SHARE OUR VISION OF LONG TERM OR PERMANENT HOUSING FOR VICTIMS OF ABUSE - LET'S NOT BUY INTO THE STATUS QUO! IT'S TIME FOR A NEW VISION IN A NEW WORLD!!
BY: TERRY B. HUGHEY
As a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault; someone who stayed for several years, I'll do my best to give you the top 5 reasons why abuse victims go back to abusive relationships, often several times.
I'm not a psychologist, counselor or therapist; so don't be misled to think I am. But, I've been there and lived it. I was one of the abuse victims who went back, time and again. My explanation is from the voice of experience, and from listening to other victims/survivors, and exchanging thoughts with them. My intent is to answer the question "why" by giving you what, in my opinion and experience, are the top 5 reasons "Why."
But first you must understand that domestic abuse victims come from many varied backgrounds. They aren't all poor, they are not all welfare recipients, some grew up in abusive homes and some didn't. Many are women, there are a lot more male victims than people realize, and sadly, many are children and the elderly.
However, all abuse victims share one thing in common in the beginning of these relationships. That is, we don't understand what is happening nor the dynamics and cycle of an abusive relationship. And so we get dragged in. Once trapped in the relationship, we cannot "see" or it takes quite a while (and many abuses later) before we start to see.
THE TOP 5 REASONS ARE:
No matter the circumstances, survivors deserve to be supported in their decision-making and be empowered to reclaim control over their own lives.
WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE IS HELP FOR YOU!!! AND RUFS FOUNDATION WILL HELP YOU FIND IT!!!
BY: CHERYL M. HUGHEY
Sexual Assault Doesn't Discriminate By Race, Orientation, Gender Or Identity
NEITHER DOES RUFS FOUNDATION!
WE WILL HELP EDUCATE PARENTS, SO THEY WILL KNOW THE SIGNS AND HOW TO RESPOND TO THEIR CHILD!!!
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