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Every Time You Request Moving Quotes, You Help Someone Flee Domestic Violence
Moving can be stressful, and not everyone has the resources to undertake a move, even if their life depends on it. Here at HoustonMovers.com, we’d like to use our success for good and help those in need.
So, when you use our site to request moving quotes from multiple Houston moving companies, we’ll donate a portion of the referral fee (paid by the moving companies, not by you) to fund the move of someone escaping a domestic violence situation. With just a few clicks, you’ll help brighten the futures of people suffering from domestic violence.
Domestic violence statistics in the United States are staggering.
One in four women and one in nine men experience severe violence from an intimate partner. Domestic violence hotlines all across the country receive more than 20,000 calls a day, and in a single year, an estimated 10 million Americans experience physical abuse from a partner—that’s almost 20 people every minute. Children aren’t immune, either: An estimated 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence, with 90% being eyewitnesses, and 30 to 60% of intimate partner abusers also abuse their intimate partner’s children.
(Actual numbers may be even higher, considering the vast number of unreported cases, especially for male victims.)
Without escape, the violence can escalate.
Between 2003 and 2008, 78% of women murdered at their workplaces were killed by an intimate partner, and 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner. In 2016, more than 960 women in the United States were murdered by current or former intimate partners, an 11% increase from 2014. Men are also murdered by intimate partners, with around 250 cases in 2016.
Domestic violence victims often don’t have the means to leave.
There are many reasons why a victim of domestic violence may stay with their abusive partner, and one is a lack of resources to move out. Across the United States, victims of domestic violence miss out on 8 million days of paid work annually, with the aggregate cost exceeding $8 billion. Many victims, with some estimates reaching as high as 60%, also lose their jobs for various reasons stemming from the abuse.
According to the Allstate Foundation, a lack of financial resources is the number one factor that keeps domestic abuse victims trapped in their relationships. The Allstate Foundation discovered in 2014 that 98% of domestic abuse victims also experience financial abuse.
All this forces victims to be financially dependent on their partners, placing them more firmly under the abuser’s control. Since many victims also suffer psychological abuse, manipulation, and isolation, they may not be able to reach out to family or friends to help them leave.
Be part of the solution.
Domestic abuse situations are bleak, but that doesn’t mean there’s no hope. There are resources out there to help victims (see below), and we’d like to do our part to help. If you request moving quotes through HoustonMovers.com, we’ll help fund someone’s escape to a safe new home.
Do you know someone facing a domestic violence situation?
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, here are resources:
Homeless shelters in Houston: http://www.homelesshouston.org/helpcard/shelters/print.html
Resources by state: https://www.womenshealth.gov/relationships-and-safety/get-help/state-resources