Almost 250 people received help from the shelter after violence in dependency relationships
In 2016, the shelter after violence in dependency relationships in Utrecht provided support to 249 adults. 94% of the clients in the shelter were women and 6% were men. The shelter’s clients also include transgender people. 97% of the people admitted were over the age of 23. The shelter after violence in dependency relationships also offers places to young adults, often young mothers with a small child or a baby on the way.
Two thirds of the clients make use of the shelter, one third make use of other support
67% of the clients stay in one of the shelter locations. Most of them stay in the crisis shelter. There they make a plan of action. Depending on the client’s situation, they then move to their own home or to a follow-up shelter.
Within the shelter after violence in dependency relationships, more and more efforts are being made to ensure clients can stay in their own homes rather than moving to a new place. Intensive guidance regarding the home situation should help prevent admission to the shelter. Then, clients and children do not have to start again somewhere else. Also, no problems with finding schools, work or child care will occur. If the family is already receiving help, it can simply continue, and informal sources of support are still available. This continuity is important in a crisis situation.
72% of the clients in the shelter after violence in dependency relationships come from the Utrecht region
Seven out of ten clients in the shelter after violence in dependency relationships come from Utrecht and its surroundings. Almost half of the clients come from the city of Utrecht. Victims are transferred to shelters in a different region if it is unsafe in their own region, or if the shelter in the region is full. It is not known how many victims of violence in dependency relationships from Utrecht are admitted to shelters in other municipalities.
Clients are registered by professionals in particular
53% of the clients of the shelter after violence in dependency relationships are registered by professionals. They are registered in particular by Veilig Thuis, the community teams and the police. Victims can also register themselves at the shelter after violence in dependency relationships. Three out of ten clients do this.