ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The CDC reports one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Local organizations want to remind those in the St. Louis region there are a number of places you can turn to for shelter and assistance.
The YWCA's Woman's Place not only provides compassionate crisis intervention, but helps facilitate a victim's transition to safety. It also offer personal empowerment workshops and support groups for survivors of domestic abuse.
The experts warn domestic violence does not go away on its own and tends to get worse and becomes more frequent over time.
Abusers often try to isolate victims or those being abused are too embarrassed to talk with family and friends; that's why it's sometimes easier for them to turn to strangers for help.
The YWCA offers two locations in St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
"Women can drop in with no appointment, Monday through Friday, and speak with someone about what is going on, figure out what a safety plan is, figure out what legal options are. When women do decide to leave it is one of the most dangerous times and situations like this can escalate very quickly. And women need to have a plan," said Carla Maley, YMCA Woman's Place.
Maley also wants to remind women there are things like orders of protection, legal services of eastern Missouri that can assist with free legal services.
YWCA Woman's Place: 314-645-4848
Safe Connections (24-hour hotline): 314-646-7500
The Angel Band: 314-240-5525