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Housing for domestic violence victims gets financial support


One issue, which is not discussed in public by people who have been abused and continue to be abused, is domestic violence. Domestic violence is a worldwide issue; but spousal abuse and all forms of domestic violence directed at children and parents here in Philadelphia are now thankfully getting some much-needed exposure. Efforts by local concerned groups are one of the reasons why the public is taking a hard look at this problem.

Because of this, the city's Office of Housing and Community Development is extending a hand of support to local advocates who are hoping to improve and expand their services to victims. One such group is Women Against Abuse, Inc. whose Sojourner House serves as a local safe haven for many abuse victims in Philadelphia.

According to sources, the group will be receiving $3 million in funding to expand the non-profit organization's facilities as well as to add new apartments for victims of domestic abuse. The money will be used to renovate Sojourner House as well as to build a new facility called Leanna's House.

These projects will ensure an increase in the number of apartment residences for victims while also providing a community room, computer access and 24-hour security cameras. Completion of all the projects is expected by the end of August.

According to statistics, local police receive 140,000 domestic violence calls; perhaps because of this high volume of calls and a lack of space, providers rejected 8,000 emergency housing requests last year. Places like Sojourner House serve as a beacon of hope for victims who need a safe area to collect their thoughts and recover from the abuse for at least a few months.

Domestic violence is a huge problem here in Philadelphia. Local authorities and advocates are aware of it and have taken serious steps to address the issue. Not taking action will only result in more abuse. Even while still recovering in one of these temporary shelters, victims may wish to consider getting help with filing a restraining order against their abusers.

Source: CBSLocal.com," $3M in funding helps renovate, expand housing for victims of domestic abuse," Cherri Gregg, Aug. 10, 2013

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