To: Faye Askiew-King
Executive Director SOS
From: Sabrina Anderson
Social Work Intern
Date: 28 December 2010
Subj: Proposal to create a Domestic Violence Shelter
The rate of domestic violence is growing and Washtenaw County has few secure shelters for people in an abusive situation. I feel it would be beneficial working with “high risk”, meaning life or death domestic violence situations because there are not enough shelters geared toward assisting or helping “ high risk” domestic violence situations in Washtenaw County.
Background on the Domestic Violence Shelter
With the economy being in such rough shape, I believe it would be a wonderful addition to SOS to have a Domestic Violence Shelter, due to the following reasons:
• Most females in domestic violence situations feel they have nowhere to go, this would be a place for them to feel safe.
• Most females are afraid to leave the situation because the abuser knows where to find them so an unknown place where abusers would be unable to know the location would help females in high risk domestic violence situations, to know they have a safe place to go where the abuser will have no way of finding them.
There is a profound need to establish another domestic violence shelter in Washtenaw County. Currently, Safe House only allows 35 days in the shelter. This is by far not enough time for “high risk” victims of domestic violence. There needs to be a residence establish for an extended stay from 9 months to 1 year. This time period is necessary for “high risk” victims in order for them to understand, come to term with the abusive, and work through the traumatic events that they have endured.
Ideally the shelter would be a multi-dwelling home in a rural area. By having a house in such an area, it would be unknown to the public. This would offer a safe environment to the victims as well as a location...