Observing Nat’l Domestic Violence Awareness Month
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), nearly 1 in every 4 women are victims of domestic violence and approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. In addition, crimes such as domestic violence are major contributors to homelessness for women and children.
In addition to shelter, food and services, the Coalition offers the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program at our Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC) and Center for Women and Families (CWF), which provides support and advocacy to adults and children who are victims of crime.
WRCC has evolved over the years to become an important resource for single moms who are homeless and/or the victims of domestic violence. In fact, last fiscal year, 81% of the women and children who call WRCC home were victims of crime, predominately domestic violence. Between WRCC and the CWF, we provided services to more than 800 victims of crime.
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness month (DVAM ), Coalition for the Homeless plans activities each year. Clients will have the chance to participate in pet therapy, attend a self-defense class as well as a meditation class. Coalition staff and clients will also take part in the “There’s No Excuse for Abuse” awareness walk on Saturday, October 12 at Baldwin Park in Orlando.
At the Coalition, we are proud of the services we are able to offer those who find themselves homeless as the result of a crime, such as domestic violence. We strive to provide both adults and children with the resources they need to create a better future.