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Shelter offers support and hope to domestic violence victims

As many California residents are aware, October is the month set aside for many social concerns such as breast cancer awareness and fire prevention. However, another important issue that is not talked about as often is domestic violence. Almost every week, the media reports on the serious injury or death of another victim lost to this senseless abuse.

According to a recent report, an estimated 33 percent of women in this country will be affected by domestic violence. These alarming statistics do not disclose what type of abuse the victims suffer as there are many different types, and not all will result in visible injuries. According to one state, approximately 1 1/2 percent of its population was affected by intimate partner violence last year. This month is set aside as a way to draw attention to the seriousness of this problem.

A shelter in one state works to educate the public about the danger this type of abuse can pose to any victim -- regardless of race, social standing or education. Two of the staff members recently stated that their shelter works on several stages of healing, including helping victims work on release feelings of guilt, determining plans for a safer life and the realization that violence or control is not a normal facet of life. The shelter also emphasized the importance of community when helping these vulnerable victims to move forward toward a healthier life.

One of the staff members with this Minnesota shelter is an executive director Women's Advocates, the first shelter in the country designated to provide assistance to victims and their children who have been victims of domestic violence. There are many forms of abuse and victims are not always women; men can be also be victims of abuse. California residents who are facing these frightening situations may find that an experienced and compassionate family law attorney can provide invaluable assistance in obtaining the safety and peace of mind these victims need for themselves and their family members.

Source:, "Domestic Violence Awareness Month: On connections, hope and healing", Estelle Brouwer and Oliver Williams, Oct. 4, 2017

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