Newhouse, Kansas City domestic violence shelter, needs urgent support, issues SOS Campaign

SOS Campaign issued for survivors as domestic violence increases during COVID

Newhouse, Kansas City’s first domestic violence shelter, has issued an “SOS: Support Our Shelter Campaign” in response to significant increase of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. While domestic violence calls have increased by nearly 30% in the metro area since the pandemic, expenses have increased and essential funding has declined. 

Newhouse needs urgent help today to ensure we can continue to serve victims of abuse and help them escape dangerous, oftentimes life-threatening, situations. “Everyone can help. If each person in the Kansas City metro made just a $1 donation to Newhouse, it would fund our mission for one year. We need the community to realize that stopping right now to make a small contribution truly has the power to keep our doors open and save the life of an adult or child,” says Courtney Thomas, President & CEO. 

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic this March:

30% increase in domestic violence in KC
Increase in shelter expenses due to social distancing measures
Decrease in financial support

Domestic violence is more than just a statistic. Alice*, a survivor, fled to shelters nationwide to escape her abuser. No matter where she fled, he found her. Repeatedly he sent her very graphic death threats.  Newhouse coordinated safe, off-site housing for Alice, providing her with food, essential items and where therapists and staff visited her onsite. 

If Newhouse wouldn’t have been there that day, Alice may not have had a tomorrow. 

Like many nonprofits, Newhouse has experienced a shortfall in financial support over the past few months. “Domestic violence is a community health problem, and financial support from the community is needed now more than ever,” says Courtney Thomas, Newhouse President & CEO. “Even before the pandemic, Kansas City domestic violence shelters already turned away more people than they could serve. With social distancing protocols in place, all shelters have even more limited capacity, yet the need for our services has tripled.”

The Kansas City metro area has only 400 domestic violence shelter beds to serve the 2 million+ population. For every one Alice, there are five more survivors who have to be turned away. Survivors depend on the lifesaving services of Newhouse to provide emergency shelter, case management, court advocacy, mental health services and more. 

Newhouse calls on the community to stand with survivors during this crisis.