You might be surprised to hear many of these women are not necessarily being abused by their spouses or partners.
President and CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services Marta Pelaez says, “These women are not being abused by their spouse or partner, but their very own children. For whatever reasons, they’re coming back to live with them or have not left and are taking advantage of the situation.”
Officials say they've seen a 10% to 12% increase in the number of senior and elderly women coming to the shelter for help. Some of these sad cases involve caring mothers who have taken in their children who have lost their jobs or are experiencing financial troubles. They end up being abused by their own children who are demanding any social security or financial assistance they may get leaving them without any money for food.
As a result, Family Violence and Prevention Services is building a new shelter exclusively dedicated to services for the elderly. With the community’s help officials are hoping more will join in to the capital campaign for the new facility. Plans are still being finalized but the goal is to break ground on the new shelter in March.
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