A post written by Kristi Smith, Bradley Angle’s Shelter Manager.
Bed bugs! Those little guys create big time problems for folks once they take residence in mattresses, fabric couches, wooden bed frames etc. It has been reported that bed bugs are becoming more common in our city and can be picked up with very little effort while just commuting to work on the Max or finding a new treasure at a vintage store. As you can imagine, if bed bugs show up in shelters, there is no easy, or quick, solutions.
Domestic Violence shelters are no different in the havoc that bed bugs can create, but what can be different is the emotional impact that can have on survivors. Of course, being concerned for one’s safety is very important, but the kind of impact I am talking about goes even deeper. We have learned and are reminded very often in this work that survivors of domestic violence crave sacred space. Space that is theirs and free of the trauma that brought them to shelter in the first place. For many people who enter these doors, their personal rooms become their sacred space to be free of violence.