Domestic violence shelters move out of hiding
A new domestic violence shelter in Bozeman reflects efforts nationwide to rethink the model that keeps survivors of abuse in hiding
June 1, 2023
BOZEMAN - Sara Young packed a bag of essentials, gathered her kids, and fled her home to a refuge: an old, green house that blended in with the neighborhood in this southwestern Montana city.
Nothing about the house identified it as a domestic violence shelter - it was hidden in plain sight. Young wasn't allowed to give anyone the address. The secrecy made her feel safe. But her roommate, a young mom, struggled to care for her baby without her family there to help. Some residents couldn't get to work because they didn't have a car. Several housemates tried to sneak out at night for a break...