SD Shelters Turning Victims Away in Contracting Economy?

Woman physically abused by partner.

Woman goes to battered domestic victims’ shelter.

Woman turned away because shelter exhausted its funding …

Sound far-fetched?

Some victims of domestic abuse, such as the representative composite Woman above, are reportedly already being turned away by some shelters in South Dakota due to lack of accommodations, resources or support services, resulting from cuts in federal funding and, likely, reductions in private donations in a contracting economy.

Unfortunately, acts of domestic violence often increase in a tightening economy.

Some shelters insist that they don’t just turn victims away, that is, not without first making a referral to another shelter that can take them in or help them.

But what happens if there comes a day when there is no other shelter in an economic position to help? …

Read more in this Rapid City [SD] Journal article: Support violence shelters.