Domestic violence shelters full, victims struggle to find a safe place

No shelter for domestic violence victims

A small hotel room is where a mom and her four children are hiding from an abusive man.

"It got so bad that when my money ran out we had to stay out in the streets. We stayed out in the car for over a week." she said.

The victim asked that we conceal her identity her because she fears her husband.

She and the children have nowhere to go because all the domestic violence shelters are full.

"I've watched my kids cry night after night because they didn't understand what was going on," she said.

And one of the children, her teenage daughter has severe cerebral palsy.

"She's wheelchair bound, she's tub feed and in diapers," the victim told us.

One of the shelters finally gave her the number for Debra Bowles who runs a grassroots domestic violence charity, Women Called Moses.

Bowles says, "I mean she is pushing the wheelchair and she is trying to hold on. They are screaming, they are crying, there is no food."

Bowles paid out of her own pocket to house the family for the night but there's a huge need and there simply aren't enough shelters to help victims.

“I am in the trenches, I see the need. I hear the babies cry, pulling on me, the mom's crying. They want to commit suicide because there is no way out of this. What do we do?" Bowles said.

The Family Place says they have 109 beds and currently helping 119 victims. They too have to put some victims in hotels.

“Everyone turned us down... even regular homeless shelters turned me down," the victim said.

Late Friday, The Family Place did find a place to shelter the family but there are many others out there who don't have a place to go.

If you or someone you know may need to talk, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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