The Census Bureau recently released its 2010 Current Population Survey, which contained shocking information about the state of poverty in Washington, DC. According to the Census, DC’s poverty rate for 2010 was 19.2% – up .8% from the previous year, and 3.9% higher than the nation as a whole. Two regions facing greater poverty, according to study, were Louisiana and Mississippi.
The statistics on the child poverty rate were the most startling of all, indicating that last year in our nation’s capital, 30,500 children lived in poverty. These kinds of poverty rates and the recession prove deadly for domestic violence victims. A piece in the journal Color Lines, noted that what is happening in the outside world often exacerbates what is going on behind closed doors. Women and their children are less likely to leave an abusive relationship if they feel their economic security would be nil in an economy with few available jobs. Housing becomes another relevant issue, forcing many people to stay in situations or face homelessness if they leave.
This October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DASH has taken great consideration in developing programs that incorporate financial planning and job readiness training for the survivors it serves. With generous support from donors, funders, and corporate partners, we are able to serve as a vital safety net for those who need it more than ever. In this city in particular, with abject poverty on the rise, our work is critical. Please consider making a gift today here in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.