Reasons For Seeking A Shelter

Why does a Woman choose to enter a shelter?

The primary reason women seek shelter is to secure the safety of themselves and their children.  In many instances, the threat of injury or death is so great that no other alternative but shelter exists.  Despite the risks involved in staying in a violent home, the decision to leave is a difficult one, as women and children may be forced to sever relationships with families and friends, and in many cases “start over.”  Although many women are able to maintain contact with family members, the batterer may know their addresses, posing a risk to the woman if she has contact with them.  Our goal at WCET is to create a safe place for women and their children by providing confidential shelter and supportive living environments that allow her to make informed choices about their future.