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Safety Concerns

The more connected women are to their community, the safer they are.

Abuse is often hidden, and it remains an unfortunate reality in society. Most communities live with abuse in some form, therefore there is no more risk in accepting a woman leaving an abusive relationship than in accepting any other member of the community.

Women who have been through transition and second stage houses have safety plans and support in place, and this may reduce the risk of violence and make co-ops feel more confident and prepared to take this step.