Domestic violence is more common in the US than people know or admit. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, one in four women are victims of physical violence from an intimate partner. Although that statistic is shockingly high to most people, less than 1% of victims report their abuse to police. Because of the severity and prevalence of domestic abuse, victims rely on support from outside groups, nonprofits, support groups and more.
The Spring of Tampa Bay is a domestic violence shelter with the mission to “prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families and communities.” The Spring offers a shelter to domestic violence victims and their families, as well as different outreach programs to help counsel victims as well as help them get back on their feet. This organization is also the first domestic violence agency in the US to have an accredited school on-site for children.
One important aspect within The Spring’s organization is their thrift store. The Spring Boutique relies on donations and all revenue made goes toward services for victims and improvements within the organization.
As I mentioned in my last post, the St. Louis Alternative Breaks group is organizing a clothing drive and chose The Spring as one of two organizations to donate to. With hopes to spread awareness and also promote the prevention of domestic violence, we are pairing with The Spring in the last week of April.