Support children residing in emergency shelter as their mothers escape domestic violence. Any typical day, up to 25 children (ages of birth to 18 year old) call West Women's and Children's Shelter "home", and yearly 105 kids are safely housed with our support. For many kids, The West is one of their favorite places, as we provide safety, enrichment activities, stability, exposure to other kids, and endless opportunities to grow and thrive in a violence free environment.
It is estimated that 10 million children have witnessed domestic violence in their home in the United States. Last year, over two thousand children resided in an emergency shelter as their primary parent escaped domestic violence making up 45.5% of the population in emergency shelter in Oregon.
Yearly we open our doors and our hearts to over 100 children who enter shelter, seeking refuge from domestic violence. It is our mission to create a safe nurturing environment for survivors to realize their potential for healing and growth as we work together to end domestic violence. Your support will ensure West Women's and Children's Shelter has the necessary staffing, supplies, and necessities for each child and pregnant survivor enrolled in our program.
Exposure to domestic violence can lead to long lasting and severe effects such as trauma related disorders, increased risk of child abuse, developmental delays, attachment disorders, and addiction. Children who witness domestic violence have a 30% increase of exhibiting aggression towards others as adults. With your help we can provide the services needed to support the healing process for children impacted by domestic violence.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).