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Domestic Violence Resources Failing Women

Posted Oct 02 2009 3:07pm
Claudia Valenciana, Ex-Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy, was exonerated last week in the stabbing death of her partner in self-defense. Claudia, like myself and many other survivors I have made contact with over the last year, complains that domestic violence advocacy groups abandoned her in her time of need. Claudia Valenciana claims several domestic violence groups would not assist her when they found out she may be facing murder charges. If you have not heard this woman's story, if you are not aware of domestic violence organizations failing women, if you've never heard of victims of domestic violence falling through the cracks, you need to listen to this news conference. Every year, government money is distributed to DV organizations, and many of these organizations are not prepared to really assist victims--although they claim to. I have found that every organization I've reached out to, except Safe Homes and Rockland Family Shelter, has turned me away, not followed up with me, or has been unable to help me in any way. This is unacceptable. Victims and survivors of domestic violence are tired of pamphlets and hotlines, we want action, we want assistance, we want real help--not a run around, not a pamphlet, not a hotline. With all the funding that takes place across this country each and every year, why are resources allowed to fail victims of this crime?




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