Domestic violence is still a major issue within Texas and the United States, despite the legal protections for victims. Like many gender related issues, domestic violence affects all classes and social standings. Not only is it incredibly difficult for women (and men) to leave their abusers, but the sheer volume of incidents can overwhelm shelters and local resources, leaving victims without a place to stay. In 2013, according to the NCADV, there were 76,704 reported victims of abuse and 31% of victims requesting shelter were turned away due to a lack of resources.
In 2014, Texas-based hotlines answered a total of 185,373 calls and, within Texas, the most frequently unmet need is housing (in 2015, 15,869 requests for shelter went unmet according to the Texas Council on Family Violence.)
Shelters within the Dallas area are constantly needing volunteers as well as monetary and item donations in order to serve the needs of domestic violence survivors.
If you are interested in helping out, please email us at batteredandbeautiful.org and we can get you set up to help a shelter in your area.
As always, if you or someone you know is currently experiencing abuse, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-(800) 799-7233.