Part 1 of the poverty series by the Times Colonist’s Sarah Petrescu tackles domestic violence and the connection to homelessness.

Victims who flee domestic abuse are often left with few resources and find themselves homeless. As shelter numbers are at record highs in Victoria this year, advocacy organizations cite abuse as a major driver of homelessness in the city. “All of the women who come here are fleeing abuse,” said Parm Kroad, deputy director of the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. “Most of them are in limbo and not sure what to do. Some want to return [home] and almost all are working on a really limited income. Their biggest question is: ‘How am I going to survive?’ ”

Read the article: How domestic violence is driving homelessness in Greater Victoria Source: Times Colonist   Introduction: Growing problem of hidden poverty in Victoria Part 1: How domestic violence is driving homelessness in Greater Victoria Part 2: Childhood poverty and the single-parent trap Part 3: The growing concern of the city’s underemployed and underpaid Part 4: An aging population in financial limbo and a housing crisis  Part 5: Changes needed to address Greater Victoria poverty

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