Domestic Violence Shelters Turn Away Victims

May 12, 2006

There are no more beds available in Chicago's domestic violence shelters.

One of the largest shelters closed its doors today due to financial problems.

Rainbow House hopes to reopen in June.

Vickii Coffey is the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Womens Network.

"Because of the lack of bed space that is specifically for domestic violence victims, we are turning away domestic violence victims," Coffey says. "Often, when they cannot get into a place of safety like Rainbow House, they end up turning around and going directly back into the violent situation that they left."

A spokesperson for the Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence says it's not uncommon for domestic violence shelters to run out of beds.

She says some victims are now in the city's homeless shelters.