Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017
Family Means Love
International Women's Day highlights domestic abuse
Patti MacAhonic, Ann Davis Transition Services/Voice file photo
A woman lies on the ground while an off-duty paramedic talks with her. Sadly, a young child is crying in the truck.
lthough it is 2017 and many may think that violence against women and children is not as prevalent as it has been in the past, the reality is that even in the Fraser Valley it is prevalent and has high social and economic costs to us all.
Housing is a crucial issue for women and
children experiencing violence. Timely access to safe, secure and
affordable housing is a needed component enabling a woman to leave a
violent partner and to prevent homelessness.
The facts are that they face the real
risks of homelessness and further violence if they return to the abusive
partner. The limited number of safe beds for women and children leave
women and children in our communities homeless, at risk of homelessness,
couch- surfing, living in vehicles or other unsafe or substandard
accommodation or returning to the abuser.
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