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CT Post: Women's Shelters Overflowing

The state’s domestic violence emergency shelters exceeded capacity during the fiscal year that ended on June 30, continuing an 8-year pattern of increased need for the emergency housing.

Newly released data from Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows that 1 in 17 victims seeking assistance from domestic violence providers in Connecticut during the last fiscal year were housed in emergency shelter because they faced serious physical danger and had no place safe to go.

More than 1,000 children stayed in shelter with a parent, and nearly 70 percent of the children 6 years old or younger, the data show.

"The number of domestic violence victims seeking safety in our emergency shelters has grown immensely over the past 8 years," said Karen Jarmoc, CCADV chief executive officer. "Our shelters were at 57 percent capacity in... 2008 and now we're at 125 percent. These women, men and very young children have nowhere safe to go.’’

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