Our greatest challenge is to find shelter for a domestic violence victim who needs a safe place URGENTLY! We have no public housing and the lone domestic violence shelter in St. Lucia can only accommodate five families at a time and is always at capacity. Based on official statistics collected by Gov't Agencies Domestic Violence and other crimes against women and girls is on the rise but no new facilities or services are being provided or facilitated by the state.
Quite often we get calls to say "a women is a victim of domestic violence she fears for her life, she needs a place to stay" we call the domestic violence shelter and they are often times at capacity, our volunteers are asked to shelter victims, then subsequently we find an apartment from a private landlord, funding does not permit us to afford a stand alone apartment for each domestic violence victim, specifically those with children so we are setting up a safe house for urgent situations.
To literally save the lives of women who are victims of domestic violence and in urgent need of a safe space, domestic homicide has escalated, while some women become homeless resorting to sleeping on the streets with children. We want women to have a safe space to go when they feel threatened by domestic abusers.
This project will provide a safe space for five (5) women and their children at a time, we will work with them to feel safe as they think, regroup, get counselling to determine their next course of action, while we empower then to reintegrate safely into society, We hope this will inspire other organisations to set up safe houses to save the lives of women and provide much needed support and services for victims of domestic violence in St. Lucia