COLUMBIA, Mo. — Combating this violence takes resources. Running a domestic violence shelter isn’t cheap; it requires paying employees for round-the-clock shifts, providing food and personal hygiene products and, in some cases, providing legal counsel to survivors. Now, COVID-19 is increasing those demands exponentially.
‘When you think of the ecosystem of services that people are lacking access to, that’s our focus, ensuring that there are bridges to fill the gaps in that ecosystem,’ said Courtney Thomas, president of domestic violence shelter Newhouse KC.