Domestic Violence is one of the most serious public health and criminal justice issues women face today. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. The risks associated with domestic violence affect not only the victim, but her family and friends, responding police, and concerned bystanders as well. Domestic violence can happen in all forms of emotional, psychological and mental abuse. Unfortunately, many victims don’t always get the chance to seek help, sadly some wait to long, believing it’s them or things will get better. This article is to inform women, that they are not alone and speaking up helps not only them but helps open societies eyes and bring awareness to this underserved population. Domestic violence occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Should you ever find yourself faced with this, know there are plenty of resources available to help assist you through this transitional process. Residents of Dutchess County should know of these very important advocates available to assist with the emotionally straining violence, and those who also offer shelters.
Domestic violence shelters are buildings or apartments where abused and battered women can go to seek refuge from their abusers. The locations of these shelters are kept confidential in order to keep your abuser from finding you. It is not necessary to share personal information with the shelter in order to receive their help. These shelters generally have room for both women and children so mothers needn’t fear rejection because they are bringing their children. Also, these shelters will provide all of your basic living needs, including food and childcare. Keeping in mind that these shelters help many people in the area, shelter time is limited but they will help you establish the basic fundamentals of basic everyday living, such as a job, permanent home, and will be able to refer you to other services servicing