One hundred percent of domestic violence survivors, residing in one of Connecticut’s eighteen domestic violence shelters, said they got all or some of the help they needed with restraining orders, understanding about domestic violence, safety planning, custody and welfare/TANF. Ninety-four percent of survivors said the staff made them feel welcome, while ninety one percent said the staff treated them with respect. Overall, Connecticut’s domestic violence victims reported remarkably positive outcomes from staying at shelters. These are just some of the findings the groundbreaking new study Meeting Survivors’ Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences released today.

Dr. Eleanor Lyon, Associate Professor in Residence and the Director of the Institute for Violence Prevention and Reduction at the UConn School of Social Work was the primary researcher for the study.

Meeting Survivors Needs includes quotes from domestic violence survivors including:

“I probably would’ve killed myself or stayed and got beaten to death.”
“When I first got here I felt scared and disoriented. Talking to the staff has helped.”
“It has saved my life. I wanted to die.”

The Connecticut survivors who participated in Meeting Survivors Needs are very similar in many ways to survivors from around the country, including most demographics, needs and the overall rating of the help they received during their time in shelter. Nationally, 78 percent of survivors reported that they had children under the age of 18, and 68 percent had minor children with them at the shelter. National data shows that 99 percent of survivors reported they got the help they wanted with their own safety and 95% had assistance with safety planning. Read Full Press Release

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