Monday, July 1, 2013

What are your thoughts on a domestic violence shelter in Milford?

I wrote a story for the Register that appears in today's paper about some Milford residents who are concerned - and opposed to - about a domestic violence shelter moving into their neighborhood. 

Some of them fear that the shelter will cause their property values to plummet, or that it might put them at risk of violence if a perpetrator of domestic violence found the shelter (as is standard with shelters, we keep the location confidential so that it cannot be found).

This was a really tough story for me to write and, frankly, I'm a little surprised at some of the reaction it's getting. Some people seem to think it's some kind of liberal-fascist plot to beef up social welfare and ruin a neighborhood. 

It's definitely not. It's a safe-house for abused women and children. It has nothing to do with politics, or conservatives versus liberals, or revenge, or anything nefarious. And, as a person who reads the police blotter every day, I can tell you that domestic violence happens in Milford, it happens in Orange, it happens in Woodbridge; it happens in West Haven, Derby, Greenwich, Waterbury, Darien, New London and every other town, city, village, and borough between here and San Francisco.

But, I want to know what you think - is there a case against a shelter? If so, where should it go? Are shelters only perceived as places for poor people? Does that matter? Would you accept a domestic violence shelter in your neighborhood?
I'd love to hear from you, so leave your thoughts in the comments section. 

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