Golden House domestic violence shelter at capacity but still ready to help

By Terry Kovarik |

Published 08/21 2014 05:48PM

Updated 08/21 2014 06:15PM

GREEN BAY (WFRV) Golden House provides shelter and other services to women and children in domestic violence situations. Right now, this shelter is full.

"We have 42 individuals in shelter right now. 13 women and 29 children as of today," said Golden House Executive Director Karen Faulkner.

Faulkner says shelter stays at Golden House last, on average, between 21-to 25 days. Other stays can last months at a time. But even when Golden House is at capacity, staffers work with women and children that need a safe place to stay.

"We have outreach services to talk to people about safety planning and other possibilities to help them in this difficult time while they're experiencing domestic violence," Faulkner

That includes working with other family members, when possible, to provide safe shelter. When that's not viable, Golden House can get families to participating motels or domestic violence shelters in neighboring counties,

"Transportation dollars to get to a place where they would be able to go to have that safety," Faulkner said.

But even when a domestic violence shelter is filled to capacity, shelter staffers say anyone in a domestic violence situation shouldn't hesitate to reach out for help."

"We will work with any individual who comes to us and is experiencing these issues."

Local 5's Terry Kovarik has more.

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