Domestic Violence Shelter Still At Reduced Capacity Due To COVID-19

Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 2:34pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 2:35pm

More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic, and at least one domestic violence shelter is still limiting the number of families it can serve. That means many victims of abuse will have to wait for a bed.

Gordon Sims is the director of philanthropy for Sojourner Center, a domestic violence shelter in Phoenix.

"Yes, there's an uptick in domestic violence and the police and the city of Phoenix have recorded increases in violent calls and calls for domestic violence support," Sims said. 

But because Sojourner Center has had to space out the people they serve to mitigate the spread of the virus, it’s had to reduce its capacity from 94 beds to 68. And there’s something else.

"And because some of the resources that had been available to help our families move beyond being in crisis shelter, we've also had to keep some of our families beyond the normal 120-day stay."

Which means it can’t bring new families into the shelter. Sims says they hope to increase capacity now that the number of COVID-19 cases is declining.