RIPR News
8:54 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Sojourner House works to combat domestic violence

PROVIDENCE, RI – October is domestic violence awareness month. A lot of activities are planned in Rhode Island starting Monday morning where volunteers in Kennedy Plaza will be handing out plastic bags containing condoms, candies and domestic violence service information.

Last year, more than 10,000 women sought services for domestic violence, an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year. Christina Garcia of "Sojourner House" says the recession is a key factor in the uptick in cases.

"If we have financial problems it brings stress into our lives. So only imagine the extra stress it would be if you are in a family who doesn't know where they're going to get the next meal, or don't know how they're going to pay their bills or don't know how they're going to pay their rent so it definitely exasperates all of the tensions in a relationship."

Sojourner House provides temporary and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.