Help for Domestic Violence Victims In Prince George's
Tracey Gold Bennett | 10/12/2011, 2 p.m.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year -- $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.
The House of Ruth, located in the District, is another organization which aids and houses domestic violence victims. The shelter has 60 beds for women and their children who are homeless as the result of domestic violence.
"D.C. has a chronic domestic violence problem that is deep rooted and epidemic," said Christel Nichols, House executive director. "We are at the top of the list [in the country] in terms of percentage of domestic violence incidents."
Nichols encourages victims to seek help and to get out of abusive situations.
"Over and over, the violence will not stop. It will just get more deadly and more dangerous," she said.
However, a $100,000 cut in funding for the House has impeded ability to provide services on the same level as in the past, and currently, there are just 13 programs that assist more than 1,000 women and children, annually.
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