"The answer, according to the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, is domestic violence.
Advocates say it can be the trickiest social malady to remedy—among housed or homeless populations. Part of the reason, they say, is few victims can speak the truth when their abuser is present. Another is that "abusers use that tactic of 'It's me and you against the world,'" says Jaidra Hennessey, community-based services supervisor at the YWCA.
The result? People too often feel trapped between an abuser and the streets. When her boyfriend threatened her, says Jessica, a domestic violence victim who became homeless due to abuse, she couldn't find help."
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