Providence House hopes to educate during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Providence House hopes to educate during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a community issue the Providence House hopes to see decrease.
Not only is October breast cancer awareness month, but it's also domestic violence awareness month.
 
The providence house in Shreveport is a shelter and haven for the homeless and victims of domestic violence.
 
Simone Hennessee has been the executive director for 21 years.
 
She says with October being domestic violence awareness month, this gives the public a chance to get educated about a serious problem in the community.
 
"We've seen cases where the women have been locked in closets while their husbands go to work," says Hennessee.
 
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
 
Plus, most cases of domestic violence are never reported to police.
 
That's why Hennesse says it's important to know the signs.
 
"Once someone says I'm going to harm you or kill you, they need to leave immediately because we tend to think that ‘oh, that couldn't possibly happen to me,’" says Hennessee.
 
Once you know what to look for, the Providence House is there to help.
 
"We literally start from scratch with them and begin to stabilize them creating a safety plan for them in a safe environment, so [they] can begin to determine what their next steps are says Hennessee."
 
Even if they're full, there's a contingency plan in place.
 
"If per chance, we are full, then we have a hotel voucher system that we kick into almost immediately," says Hennessee.
 
That's so victims needing help won't be left helpless.
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