A place of temporary support and refuge for women escaping abusive or violent situations such as domestic violence and rape is called a women’s shelter.Because there are many of the situations where a women is under attack, having the opportunity to flee this situation can be invaluable. Most times, the most perilous instance that a sufferer of domestic violence has to encounter is the point of exit. If their attacker catches them while they are trying to get away they are at the highest risk of being seriously harmed or even killed.
A women’s shelter is sometimes referred to as a reaction of violence against women and often serves as an opportunity by which women can start to organize themselves for equality. These shelters are unlike most traditional government service based and funded reactions to domestic violence. Women’s shelter in most cites and states get support from domestic violence coalitions.
Additional places have been developed to address the need to have occupancy for the male victims of domestic violence in the United Kingdom. Also, families have been in need of shelters such as those women having male children that are older. In the U.S. there have been constitutional challenges in the state of California about the issue of admittance refusals into state funded shelters of male victims that are victims of domestic violence.
Abuse shelters for women dates back to feudal Japan where men were not permitted to step inside of a nun’s temple. Runaway temple also referred to as kakekomi dera which was a Japan Buddhist temple use to shelter abused women prior to them filing for divorce.In the Western Hemisphere, accommodations for women in crisis has been around for sometime. The Haven House, in 1964 opened in California and was known as the 1st modern women’s shelter worldwide.