A Week Without Violence
The Clothesline Project, a visual display of tee shirts designed by survivors of violence, their families, and friends, was one such event. One tee shirt, simple in its design but powerful in its message, provided statistical data about domestic violence including:
Domestic violence victims in northwest Louisiana that flee their abusive situations seeking safety and shelter have only one program at their disposal - the YWCA's Family Violence Program. This program not only provides counseling, legal assistance and advocacy services, it also provides emergency and transitional housing for battered women and their children. The transitional housing program, Thresholds, provides scattered site housing with services to those leaving the emergency shelter in need of education and/or employment assistance. This program, funded in part through HUD's Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program, has been used as a model throughout the state for its design and function.
In 2002, the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana served 311 homeless women and children in their emergency shelter and assisted another 975 women and children through other services, such as counseling and legal assistance. They average about thirty new women and children in the emergency shelter each month. Approximately 50% of the homeless women in the United States are homeless because of domestic violence. The YWCA hopes that events that raise awareness will result in more resources to aid victims and more people being able to enjoy lives without violence.
|Content Archived: July 18, 2011|