Among the benefits the fastest growing website in the domestic violence space has brought to the marketplace are insights into what topics victims of domestic violence and people focused on the topic are most interested. While three of the top 10 most read and shared articles on DomesticShelters.org involve children, there’s one thing all the popular articles have in common.
“The most popular articles all tend to have a how-to component to them and they don’t attempt to tackle too large a topic. Domestic violence is a very complex topic. We try to cover it in bite-sized pieces that don’t overwhelm,” said Anita Hildreth, executive director of Theresa’s Fund, which launched the site in August, 2014.
Not surprisingly, children are on the minds of many. “Visitors of our site are 90-plus percent women, and many being caregivers, children are top of mind. Kids represent both our best opportunity to change society and bring an end to domestic violence, and for mothers experiencing violence, the presence of kids creates very real concerns and practical challenges.” All the articles on DomesticShelters.org involving children and teens can be found here.
The most popular articles on DomesticShelters.org since its launch in August, 2014:
“This information is not only useful to us and the evolution of DomesticShelters.org, but it can be for the greater community, advocates and educators too. Many of these folks have their ears to the ground already and know what’s on people’s minds. It never hurts to have an extra source,” added Hildreth.
About Theresa’s Fund
Theresa’s Fund is an Arizona-based 501(c)3 non-profit charity started in 1992 by Preston V. McMurry, Jr. Originally, and at a time when domestic violence wasn’t yet a headline, Theresa’s Fund focused on changing the landscape of domestic violence services in its home state through grant making, board development and fundraising for Arizona-based organizations like East Valley Child Crisis Center, Sojourner Center, Florence Crittenden, Emerge, UMOM, and West Valley Child Crisis Center. In 2014, it developed the DomesticShelters.org concept as a way to expand its reach to people across the U.S./Canada. DomesticShelters.org is the first online and mobile searchable database of programs and shelters in the U.S./Canada, and a leading source of helpful tools and information for people experiencing and working to end domestic violence.