Domestic violence and why it’s not so easy to leave

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It is common question people ask when they know someone is in a violent relationship.  “Why doesn’t she leave?”

Jefferson County District Judge Katrina Ross says “instead of asking ‘why does she stay people should ask why does he hit?”

Ross sees many domestic violence cases in her court room, and often sends batterers to intervention programs.  Judge Ross is one of many who participated in a recent CBS 42 News Special Report “Stopping Domestic Violence.”

While composing that special report, we learned that there is another question victims may ask themselves: “Where will I go?” Those who work to help victim’s get out of domestic violence situations know the direct correlation between homelessness and domestic violence. It is the third leading cause of homelessness according to the 2012 Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families makes reference to the survey on their website. That organization states that “the most meaningful steps that state and Federal program administrators can take to address domestic violence include ensuring that all health and human service providers have the capacity to recognize the impact of domestic violence, respond effectively with trauma informed strategies and safely link families to domestic violence services.”

The Family Violence Prevention Services Act provides money to address shelter needs for victims who could end up on the street.  It’s one way to eliminate one of the reasons some victims say they stay in violent relationships.  FVPSA helps victims have a place to go.

For more local resources, follow these links to get help:http://www.acf.hhs.gov/domestic-violence-and-homelessnesshttps://www.justice.gov/ovwhttp://www.thehotline.org/

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