JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — Emergency shelters in Missouri are turning away more women who are victims of domestic violence due to over-capacity.

Colleen Coble, Chief Executive Officer at the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, says three out of four emergency shelters in the state are having to turn away women and children because the buildings are at maximum capacity.

“A great number of women and children are staying homeless shelters  because of domestic violence,” Colbe said.  “We have been increasing our collaborative work to make sure that those women are getting the services that they need and it is a very important partnership.”

Coble also says a reason for overflow is because some women may need to stay at the shelter for longer periods of time, and that the Coalition is working with women’s homeless shelters to find other solutions for those who are being turned away.

Reported by Becky May

Copyright 2010 KMOX State Capitol Bureau


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