Women with household incomes less than $7,500 are 7 times as likely as women with household incomes over $75,000 to experience domestic violence. That’s one powerful zero.
In my experience, homeless women are far more likely to have $7,500 or less than they are to having even $17,000. They can’t afford housing anywhere other than with their batterer.
In 2005 Los Angeles City reported that Domestic Violence is the single greatest cause of homelessness. Not drugs, criminal activity, poor hygiene, lack of education, no job skills…anything a person could control, correct or improve on – it is Domestic Violence that leads waves of women and children into the streets.
A woman who rents is three times as likely to experience domestic violence than one who owns her own home. Often it is hard for her to keep her rental because of landlords who have “zero tolerance for crimes in the property”, so even if she was the victim she can be evicted.
I read these stats in a document from the ACLU.
I spent today with Domestic Violence victims – not intentionally, it just happened. One of the wonders to me is that they were not aware of what domestic violence IS.
Perhaps relationship skills and domestic Violence Prevention should be taught in those health classes we all had to take form 5th grade through high school.