Poughkeepsie Journal prints my Domestic Violence Article: Victims need more help
Posted Feb 01 2011 12:00am
I just started working with a NYC victim of violence this past week. Another woman from NYC trying to get help in a bad situation, that is about to get worse, and can't seem to get help from Safe Horizon in NYC.
This domestic violence victim has a job, is trying to raise her child, and has an abuser that is being released from jail in 2 months that has made death threats. She tried contacting Safe Horizon in NYC so that she and her child could enter the shelter system, but Safe Horizon wanted to charge her a fee for her stay since she is employed. Because she has an income, this family would only be given a 60 day stay at this NYC shelter with no further assistance/protection or guidance and then she would be back on the streets with her child.
(Why not just stay at a hotel?)
If this woman was unemployed she would have probably been offered a better package at Safe Horizon. In my opinion, most shelter systems (not all) seem to punish those of us that have an income, and aren't completely destitute.
This week I will be trying to find this woman assistance in NYS; it won't be easy. She needs a plan and protection, and while there are many shelters and programs available, I will be providing her with assistance and giving her a plan. It looks as though the shelter system chewed up another victim in crisis and spit them out again- not surprising.