Women's Crisis Center: "Jane's" Story

February 13, 2006 – Posted at 4:45 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Finding shelter in the storm of domestic violence can be scary for many women and children. The Women's Crisis Center is here to help, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Women's Crisis Center works to help women and children of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds escape the dangers of abuse. While most women are between the ages of 25 and 40, domestic violence knows no limits.

"I was homeless and I was abused and I had very little food," said a woman who we will call "Jane."

69-year-old "Jane" came to the Women's Crisis Center a week ago, escaping an abusive relationship with her husband.

"I was scared at first because I had never been to a shelter, but they have really treated me nice," said "Jane."

"Jane" was suffering from physical, verbal and emotional abuse...and was starving. Her husband had been withholding food from her.

"I probably would have been here a long time ago if I had known about the place," said "Jane."

But the crisis center in Jonesboro isn't well suited for someone "Jane's" age.

"There was a little problem when they asked me if I could climb stairs and I said, 'is there a rail?' and she said 'yes,' and I said I can take my time here, I can," said "Jane."

With the ever changing face of the victims of domestic violence, the crisis center hopes to be prepared. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you can reach the Women's Crisis Center at their toll free number, 1-866-982-9575.

The center is hoping to raise funds for a new shelter. If you would like to help the Women's Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas in their building effort, you can send contributions to: P.O. Box 721 , Jonesboro , Arkansas 72403 .