Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Shelters are community-based temporary safehouses for people who have nowhere else to go. Shelters provide services to the homeless, to runaway children, and to domestic violence victims. Shelters for domestic violence victims provide services to women or women and their children who are escaping an abusive home situation, to help them regain control over their lives and ensure safety for themselves and their children. Shelters help women stabilize their lives, understand their options, and increase their ability to achieve their goals. Shelters often offer women such resources as individual and group counseling, selfdefense classes, help finding permanent housing, job skills training, help finding a job, and independent living skills such as financial and household management. Because women are most at risk when leaving an abuser, shelters also help women develop safety plans. As one example, the Hubbard House Shelter in Florida provides women with safe, confidential housing; a twenty-four-hour crisis ...