By Katheryn Houghton
KFF Health News, Montana Free Press 

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

 

Louise Johns for KFF Health News

Sara Young, of Bozeman, Montana, moved into a domestic violence shelter with her kids in 2014.

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 fro...



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