‘Safety is Expensive’

A horrific Colorado Springs shooting this past weekend that killed 6 people is believed to have domestic violence “at the core.”
It’s the latest prominent example of an intractable problem, The Lily reports.
“When an abuser has access to a gun, … the risk of homicide to the female partner increases fivefold,” says Michigan State University Professor April Zeoli.
Emerging data confirms that the pandemic has led to an uptick in domestic violence, and advocates have had to find new ways to support survivors, The Lily also reports.
Key challenge: Making it financially viable for survivors to leave their abusers—especially as the pandemic makes it harder for survivors to save up to flee.  
“The reality is safety is expensive,” says Sonya Passi, founder of the advocacy nonprofit FreeForm.

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