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November 2017 - Articles


"Why didn't she leave?"
The Answer may surprise you.

 “Why didn’t she just leave?” Maybe because she has nowhere to go. In fact, domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among women and their children.

  -  This is why CASA has a 133-bed emergency shelter.

 “Why didn’t she just leave?” It might be because upending her life would force her to quit her job and pull her kids out of school.

  -  This is why CASA has children's programs and assistance with the job hunt.

 “Why didn’t she just leave?” She might end up too far away to stay in school. Nobody should be forced to choose between safety and their financial future.

  -  This is why CASA has a resource center onsite at its shelter.

 “Why didn’t she just leave?” Economic abuse may have left her without financial resources to support her family. Perhaps she wasn’t allowed to work in the first place, or the abuser established sole control over her bank account, credit cards, car and house.

  -  This is why CASA's advocates are specially trained to help people overcome the unique challenges they face.

 “Why didn’t she just leave?” Maybe she is scared to leave her pet behind with the abuser.

  -  This is why CASA's shelter is opening an on-site kennel.

READ MORE: Six women share their stories in this Huffington Post article.

CASA's programs empower people to overcome everything standing in the way of their safety. 24-hour hotline: 727-895-4912 (TTY:727-828-1269)

CASA needs your help to sustain its emergency shelter, provide living necessities like nutritious food, and continue programs healing the soul, healing the pain and giving people tools to attain financial independence. Please support our services.


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