Philadelphia City Council to review domestic violence shelters

A Philadelphia City Councilman plans to hold hearings to review the city’s ability to help those who are victims of domestic violence. 

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s resolution calls for council’s Committee on Public Safety to review the availability of emergency shelter space for domestic violence victims.  The councilman says one shelter isn’t enough.

“Particularly when you are dealing the issue of with women who suffer from physical and sexual abuse, we want to make sure there is a support system there for them as well as when women are going though a transition and a turbulent relationship, they need to have a place where they feel safe so they can transition to a better part of their life,” said Johnson.

Johnson says he has worked on the issue of domestic violence before as a state representative.

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“I know victims who have suffered from domestic violence this is one of those issues that we need not overlook as it relates to supporting those most vulnerable and those most in need,” said Johnson.

A hearing date has not been scheduled.

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