Many families in our community face “an untenable choice”: Staying in a domestic violence situation, or leaving and stepping into homelessness. In a new three-minute audio story, edited from a StoryCorps recording, Vince Matulionis of United Way of King County tells colleague Catherine Hinrichsen of Seattle University about how empathy for that experience drives his work.
Jewel, the singer/songwriter who first entered the spotlight in 1995 with her hit single "Who Will Save Your Soul," recently released a song to support the ReThink public housing initiative. Give it a listen.
Today’s American women have more opportunity, empowerment and success than ever. Yet violence is a persistent problem. Especially when it occurs in the intersection of race, power, poverty and history, large segments of the female population are left without support or justice from our legal system. Perry Firth from the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness shares disturbing statistics, and takes a close look at the cultural forces that cause and sustain violence against women in this thought-provoking post.
Our Week Without Violence series continues with a second post from Seattle University student Emma Lytle. A devoted football fan, Emma was shaken by recent news stories about domestic violence and the NFL. In today's post she examines conversations that emerged after Ray Rice was suspended from the league, and shares some ways you can take a stand against domestic violence.
Today marks the beginning of the YWCA Week Without Violence, an initiative created by YWCA USA nearly 20 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. In honor of the Week Without Violence, we invited our partners at Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness to examine the connections between domestic violence and homelessness.