Anti-violence advocates in western Massachusetts are working to help women escape from their abusers and to escape poverty.
The focus at rape crisis centers and emergency shelters for battered women has been on healing physical and emotional scars. Now more must be done to help mend economic wounds, according to Debra Robbin, Deputy Director of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
The House of Representatives last week passed an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act after Senate passage earlier in February. President Obama is expected to sign the expanded version of the 1994 Act shortly.