Purple Tie Tuesday – support domestic violence awareness
Walker client, CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, reports that, in Connecticut alone, nearly 40,000 victims seek services from one of the state’s domestic violence organizations annually. Domestic violence shelters in our state are at 122% capacity all the time with more than 1,000 adults and 1,200 children seeking safety in shelters each year. Nearly 70% of children in shelters are under the age of six. Shelter utilization has increased 119% over the past eight years and length of stay is up 77%. Certified domestic violence advocates spent 93,633 hours counseling survivors in 2016 around risk, safety and helping to get them get to their next best place. Clearly, there is no better time than now to be talking about this critical public health issue and raising awareness that help is available 24/7, wherever you live in our state.