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St. Louis County Council Hears Woman Shelter Complaints

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Kathy J. Weinman  (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Kathy J. Weinman (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – Kathy J. Weinman urged the St. Louis County Council Tuesday night to take immediate action, and ensure that women are never turned away from the shelter bearing her name.

In recent weeks, allegations have emerged that woman seeking help were turned away from the Kathy J. Weinman facility in St. Louis County simply because they didn’t live in St. Louis County.

Michelle Schiller-Baker the Executive Director of Saint Martha’s House, says the Weinman facility now has started to accept abused women, regardless of residency, but domestic abuse groups want more done.

“Since there has been a back and forth about whether it’s a policy or not, we thought to clarify it and make sure it doesn’t happen again we would ask for an ordinance to be passed,” Schiller-Baker said before Tuesday’s meeting.

Weinman told the St. Louis County Council that if this is true, it would be a shock and a nationwide first, “These woman have no self esteem. They have been beaten, battered and raped,” explained Weinman. “For them to finally get up the self esteem and nerve to get to that shelter with their children, and then be turned away? My Heart is broken.”

County Executive Charlie Dooley maintains that residency was never a reason why some woman were turned away.

At Tuesday’s committee hearing County Council members promised to ponder the issue.

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