With greater stress on our wallets, there are greater stresses on all facets of social services. Even in a strong economy, battered women's shelters face incredible challenges but now the plight of our state shelters is becoming even more trying. Erika Tindill is the Executive Director for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence in East Hartford. Tindill's group oversees 16 battered women's shelters throughout the state, and, it seems, some shelters are getting more calls with less resources available to help. "The bad economy isn't why they're is domestic violence but we see an uptick because there are even less resources for these victims, " Tindill says.

     The Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain is one of only two shelters open 24/7 in the state, Naomi Otano is the Director there, she says the economy doesnt just cause more stresses in homes, it also has created scenarios where battered women have a much tougher time leaving their homes. "If they do decide to leave and they are coming to the shelter it then becomes the reality if there any jobs for them and are they (the jobs) available. Due to the the economy, now it makes it a lot more difficult to find a job," Otano told us.

     Tindill added, "Domestic Violence occurs when we're flush with money and when we're not, its much harder when we're not. We can't offer the services that victims and survivors come to us to access, theres less resources, simple as that."

     The Coalition runs a 24-hour help line, the toll-free number is 888-774-2900.