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Shelters across the country are often run entirely by volunteers who maintain accommodation facilities for people who are experiencing homelessness, abuse, violence or threats from turbulent domestic lives.
The location of women’s shelters is often kept a secret to protect those who live there from abusive partners.
Children can be brought, however boys over the age of 12 are often not able to enter.
The homeless also benefit from shelters as, often due to debt, families may face losing their home. Shelters offer emergency, short-term accommodation solutions for young people and all families, however this is dependent on the location and the charity.
Not only do shelters offer a roof over someone’s head, but they often provide emotional support and counselling services through charity and social care so that people are able to get back on their feet.