With inflated prices for rental living accommodations, authorities at the Family Support Network (FSN) are batting for a ‘safe house’ to shelter victims of domestic violence in the territory.
Administrative Assistant at FSN, Deidra Massicote told BVI News many of these victims are forced to remain in abusive relationships because they do not have any other alternative.
She said the FSN receive weekly complaints from victims who have grown frustrated with the challenges in seeking affordable housing accommodations to escape abusive homes.
“Most of the apartments now are way beyond their budget. We need a place to shelter them for longer periods,” Massicote said.
She said things would be much easier if the FSN were to be offered a ‘safe house’ to assist persons in need of temporary housing.
Massicote said due to financial restrictions, the non-profit organisation can only accommodate victims for no longer than five days.
“We had some people in domestic violence cases who turned down the emergency shelters because we can’t put them up for long,” she explained.
She said persons fear if they leave their current home, finding a new one would be difficult.
FSN Director Sasha Stoutt said a ‘safe house’ would also be crucial in providing persons with ‘breathing space’ to put their lives back on track.
“They don’t want to stay forever, they just want to get back on their feet,” she reasoned.
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