In countries or states with adequate violence against women (VAW) legislation, we are convinced and we have demonstrated in thousands of cases that battered women’s shelters are mostly unnecessary. For the most part shelters can and should be phased out. They are unjustified on principle, and they are a huge financial and energy drag on the movement to end violence against women.

Women should not have to abandon their homes and neighborhoods as the price of getting free of the violence. We highly recommend that establishing skilled, independent and aggressive advocacy centers, unconnected to shelters and unburdened by the costs of maintaining a shelter, are a low cost best practice for stopping the violence while keeping women safe in their homes.


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