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What’s the main thing people don’t understand about domestic violence in West Virginia?

“The breadth of the problem. It’s everywhere.”

Shannon, Sara, Amanda and Amber make Branches Domestic Violence Shelter in Cabell County an enormously welcoming place. 

There is too much trauma in West Virginia. And it falls on too few shoulders.

In Huntington, advocates report that domestic violence is the second leading cause of homelessness.

If you or someone you love needs help, call 800.799.SAFE.

To donate to Branches, visit:

We’re visiting shelters across the state, because we know we need to fund violence prevention. (West Virginia is one of only a few states that doesn’t). We also need more shelter beds and permanent housing. 

We must fight for a state that refuses to blame victims of domestic violence, the hurt, the sick, and the poor for their own pain. We need a government where those who work the hardest and bear the most are also the ones who write the laws.

See a few of our plans to address these issues here: