Will my children be welcome?

Male and female children can stay with you. There may be age restrictions for children over 16 years. Many shelters have special programs for children who have witnessed violence.

Can my children continue going to school?

Every effort will be made to keep the children in their normal routine, including attending their own school. However, if you fear for their safety there, alternate arrangements may be made.

Who will look after my children when I have appointments?

In some shelters, there are trained staff and volunteers to look after your children while you go to appointments.

Will going to a shelter effect my custody rights?

Your rights may not be affected by going to a shelter. For more information on custody and other legal matters, we suggest you look at the VIOLENT: Law & Abused Women website.

Understanding your legal rights can help you to learn about your options and choices.