Domestic Violence Awareness

Some 12 million people in America are victims of domestic violence every year. One in 4 women experiences domestic violence in their lifetime.
 
Over 5 million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year. And experts say there is a 30-60% chance that kids who witness domestic violence will be abused, too.
 
But abuse is often unreported, frequently due to a victim’s fear or not knowing where to turn.
 
Thankfully, Collier County has The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, where they provide protection and safe shelter. Here is a short list of the services they offer:
 
  • 24-hour Crisis Line – 239.775.1101; TTY 239.775.4265
  • 60-Bed emergency shelter
  • On-Site pet kennel to keep the furry family members close
  • Transitional living cottages
  • Emergency cell-phone program provides free cell phones for emergency use
  • Licensed therapists and clinicians in both English and Spanish
  • Economic empowerment to help survivors control their lives and plan their future
 
While the impact of domestic violence is staggering, talking about it – and supporting prevention efforts in our communities – helps empower victims.
 
If you or anyone you know is in a situation that feels hopeless, please reach out to The Shelter and find professionals who can help.