Prudence Crandall Center, New Britain, CT
There are many reasons why victims do not “just leave” their abusive partner. In addition to escalated abuse, they may have no place to go. Staying at a relative’s or friend’s house can present its own dangers and concerns, and can end with the abuser following and stalking them. And for many low-income victims we serve, it’s simply not a choice they have. A shelter or safe house can be a short term option, but what about life after that?
The fear of the “unknown” after a stay in a shelter is a frequent worry for victims of domestic abuse. Finding affordable housing is often a difficult—if not, impossible—task. Low income individuals and families usually cannot afford first and last month’s rent and a security deposit. Too often, their reality seems like a choice between homelessness, or a life of abuse.
Prudence Crandall Center’s housing programs offer victims a safe place to remain and regain their strength after their stay in an emergency shelter. By providing this important option, Prudence Crandall Center addresses a main cause of homelessness among victims of domestic violence, as well as offering a peaceful place for clients to heal from the trauma of abuse—and start a new journey of independence and self-sufficiency. Our services are open to victims throughout the state, and our team of well-trained and trauma-informed staff support our clients as they work towards their specific objectives and goals. We offer a wide array of services including counseling, advocacy, specialized case management, and vocational and housing search assistance to help our clients move forward to financial and housing stability.
Through the support and services that Prudence Crandall Center provides, our clients are able to put an end to the cycle of homelessness and abuse. They are able to heal and develop resilience to live their lives to their fullest potential. Our supportive housing program creates a caring community for our clients. They learn that the abuse they suffered does not define them, and the obstacles they went through will not leave them homeless. Thus, our clients are able to find their voice again, and develop a renewed sense of hope for the future.
This blog is part of a two-part series on the intersection between homelessness and domestic abuse. The first blog of the series, by Grace Fontanarosa of the Partnership for Strong Communities, can be found here.