Women turned away from underfunded shelters: new national report

By Teresa Wright THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Women who are victims of violence are being turned away from shelters across Canada due to a chronic lack of resources and funding, according to two new national studies, including one by the House of Commons committee on the status of women. Female victims of violence have been studied specifically to determine the scope of services and supports provided by shelters and transition houses to women and children fleeing violence in Canada. One in five shelters report they have not received funding increases in 10 years or more, a situation that is unsustainable, said Kaitlin Bardswich, communications and development co-ordinator for Women’s Shelters Canada, which led one of the studies. “Shelters are not funded adequately, they’ve never really been funded adequately,’’ Bardswich said….

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