Battered Women

Axia college |
Battered Women And Shelters |
[Type the document subtitle] |
Dawn |
10/15/2010 |

This is a short informative paper about battered women and getting them into shelters in hopes of keeping them away from harm. |

    In the United States male partners beat almost 4 million women every year. 50 % of all homeless women and their children are fleeing domestic violence. (Domestic, 1998) Battered women are probably society’s hardest population to find adequate, secure shelter for. Battered women with little or no resources have a hard time finding residency. Shelters are safe places where battered women and children can stay while they get help. Many times battered women go back to the batterer because they are not able to find shelter.   When battered women try and find shelter they often come across problems set into motion by the abuser. Other problems, for instance, Federal funding of low income housing is at a significant low. HUD has a “One Strike Policy” that unfortunately errors against battered women and them getting and keeping shelter. HUD has started a program involving citizens and advocates called “Continuum of Care”. There is also the public Housing Authority that grants and gives “Section 8” Certificates to landlords.
    Many times battered women try to find secure shelter   and end up back with the batterer because they are not able to find shelter. The Housing Opportunity Program Extension Act of 1996 (Extension Act) was first written was to help battered women by giving them first priority in receiving financial assistance. The Extension Act of 1996 changed the governing authority to the local government. Due to the fact that local authorities have taken the authority over it is no longer part of this Act to give battered women first priority for shelter. When battered women seek shelter often times they hit a wall of bricks due to situations that the batterer has put in their way. It could be bad credit problems or...