On January 28, 2014, NJ Counts 2014, the statewide point in time count of the homeless, found 1,076 homeless households that identified themselves as victims of domestic violence. This was 12% of the total households counted.
If low-income women “walk away” from the abusers, this usually means leaving both their jobs and financial support – either through a spouse or partner’s income or their own jobs.
New York City, along with cities across the country and in NJ are finding that an increasing percentage of its shelter population has faced domestic violence. And finding affordable housing for these families so that they can exit the shelter includes find a “safe place” in a new neighborhood where hopefully, their abusers cannot locate them.
“’Without exception, one of the first questions someone attempting to escape domestic violence asks is, ‘If I leave, where will I go? For someone who is desperately poor, the answer is all too often, ‘There’s no place I can go and be taken in.’”