Victims Disenfranchised by the System

Domestic violence advocates have long realized that when resources for the victim are limited, they are often forced to choose between staying in the abusive relationship or economic hardship. Without access to critical services, more and more victims are finding it necessary to ‘self advocate’. While this may work for some, other victims that may be up against a psychologically aggressive perpetrator do need outside assistance from advocates that are trained to handle high-risk domestic violence and stalking cases. The most critical point in the victimization cycle is when a victim reaches out for help. Without proper access to services, victims are often unable to escape or survive the cycle of violence, and become disenfranchised by the very system put in place to protect them.