There is HOPE: The Safety of Domestic Violence Survivors in West Virginia
FAIRMONT, WV – According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a call is made to a domestic violence hotline every nine minutes.
âWe have a lot of poverty in this state,â says HOPE Inc. CEO Michele McCord. She says factors such as lack of access to transportation and even the internet could potentially increase rates of domestic violence. âI think there’s a lack of education, a lack of jobs, things like that. These can keep people in situations that they don’t necessarily want to be. ”
The NCADV also reports that a third of murders in West Virginia are linked to domestic violence. These are staggering statistics, but there are options for those suffering in the shadows. It can often be difficult for programs like HOPE Inc. to get the word out, due to the complexity and personal nature of domestic violence situations.
HOPE Inc. responds to survivors wherever their needs are. They can help people escape their abusers, and they provide emergency shelter for survivors and their children. They also offer individualized support to help people get back on their feet.
âMaybe we help them file a protection order, it could also be to make an appointment to come, maybe they would like to discuss a safety plan,â McCord said. The organization’s hotline (304-367-1100) is active 24/7 and is completely confidential. Often, it serves as a resource to simply initiate the protection process.
While domestic violence is often seen as a problem that largely affects women, McCord said it spreads to the entire population and can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, gender. or status.
McCord says everything is difficult; but it is perhaps those which they have not reached which often weigh the heaviest.
âI just think of the people who don’t know we could be their last resort. We could be that option for them. And they only suffer in silence.
IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP, YOU CAN CALL THE DIRECT LINE AT 304-367-1100.
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