NEW YORK CITY, NY — From the wide-open spaces of America to the busiest cities, domestic violence knows no boundaries.
Sheena Butler, despite being in the largest city in the nation, felt this isolation despite being with her son and father.
She said, “You feel alone.” “The moment I step out of the elevator before I put the key in, I always say a prayer like, ‘Please let us have a good night. Tonight, I don’t feel like arguing.’”
Butler was a 15-year veteran of New York City’s retail industry. During the pandemic, lockdowns changed her career and helped to bring focus back to her home life.
“When the pandemic broke, our arguments got stronger,” she stated.
She wasn’t the only one. The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice reported that domestic violence incidents have increased by more than 8% in the country. According to the United Nations the number of domestic violence incidents increased by more that 20% globally since the pandemic.
Butler claimed that her son had verbally and financial abused her at the time.
She stated, “I didn’t realize that I was in an abusive marriage.”
After she had done that, she and her son moved to a shelter for the homeless. Urban Resource Institute.
It was also the opening of a new world.
“The Fab Lab we have in our center is the only one in the United States of America that is focused on providing an environment where students can access engineering in machines, technology and be able to do some robotics,” said Joel Gregory Thomas, senior director of URI’s Economic Empowerment Program.
The Fab Lab, a brand-new facility, is intended to assist people living in domestic violence or homeless shelters in finding a new career path in this COVID era. It focuses on training for high-demand jobs.
Thomas stated, “If you think of jobs in the future, this environment is it.” “We have 3D printing, 3D scanning. We also have tillers.”
In the New York City area, 500 participants have access to lockers at work and training in interviewing. They hope that the combination of the technology-driven training and the shelters can inspire others to do the same.
“We are hopeful that this is possible.” Thomas explained that we have the potential to offer a model other shelters or other organizations can look at.”