Domestic Violence + Homelessness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the country, a time to amplify the voices and survivors of domestic violence, and raise awareness of the issues they face each and every day. The Marsy's Law for Iowa team is spending the month meeting with our survivor coalition members from across the state, listening to their stories and working with them to truly make a change in Iowa.
We are also amplifying the stories that DV survivors face. This article from the ACLU - Women's Rights Project draws attention to the prevalence of homelessness among domestic violence victims.
The Iowa Victim Services Call Center is a tremendous resource if you are looking for more information on types of domestic violence abuse, and how to get help for yourself or a loved one, call 1-800-770-1650 or text 'IOWAHELP' to 20121 to talk with an advocate.
Because of the current culture surrounding domestic violence, survivors may face additional challenges in accessing resources, reporting to law enforcement, and generally throughout the legal process. Marsy's Law will help - read more here.