One out of four women will experience domestic
violence in her lifetime. For many reasons, victims
of domestic violence in the elder population may feel
there are more barriers to leaving the abuser and living
This issue of The Alert provides information
on some of the financial and health care resources
people have while going through a "grey" divorce. It is
important that victims of domestic violence know what
resources are available to them.
Here is a list of some of
the resources in the five counties the Legal Aid Society
of Cleveland serves.
Domestic violence shelters provide different services,
though they all will provide a safe place to stay in a
supportive environment. Some shelters have support
groups, counseling, referrals to community resources,
clothing, and financial services. In order to learn what
services the domestic violence shelter in your county offers, you can reach them at the following numbers:
Ashtabula County- Homesafe- 1.800.952.2873;
Cuyahoga County- Domestic Violence Center-
Geauga County- WomanSafe- 1.888.285.5665;
Lake County - Forbes House - 440.357.1018;
Lorain County - Genesis House - 440.244.1853.
In any county, you can also contact the National
Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE(7233)
The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA)
serves the Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain areas.
Their mission is to empower and support older adults to
maintain wellness, independence and dignity. They offer
many different programs, referrals and in-home help.
Their services include, among others, transportation,
meal delivery and help with household chores. WRAAA
can be reached at 1-800-626-7277.
The sister program of
WRAAA in Ashtabula County is the Area Agency on
Aging. You can reach them at 1.800.686.7367.
Additionally, each county has its own County Office
on Aging which can provide socialization and support
services, help obtaining medications and transportation,
along with numerous other services.
Ashtabula County- Council on Aging- 440.998.6750;
Cuyahoga County- Department of Senior and
Adult Services- 216.420.6750;
Geauga County- Department on Aging- 440.279.2130;
Lake County- Council on Aging- 440.205.8111;
Lorain County- Office on Aging- 440.326.4800.
When in doubt about where to call, start with United
Way's First Call for Help at 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is a toll free
number and provides information and referrals to other
social service agencies in the caller's county.
If you are a low-income senior and would like
assistance in filing for a civil protection order or a
divorce, you can contact The Legal Aid Society of
Cleveland at 1.888.817.3777.
This article was written by Jennifer Becker, Esq., a staff
attorney in Legal Aid's Eastern County offices who handles
family and housing cases. It is reprinted with permission from The Alert, a publication of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
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