Families in Crisis

Finding ways forward to end the cycles of violence and addiction

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Poverty, addiction and violence against women and children has reached crisis levels in West Virginia. The cycles of violence and addiction that plague families can be directly correlated to poverty and the breakdown of community ties. We cannot afford to ignore these realities anymore.

Cindy is no stranger to the tough realities of the drug epidemic plaguing our state. Her brother-in-law died from a drug overdose, and she has several family members currently fighting their addictions. In Charleston, Cindy will seek to help families provide compassionate, community-oriented recovery options for those suffering from addiction.

Cindy will also fight for victims of domestic abuse. For too long, the hidden scourge of domestic violence and sexual abuse has cycled through West Virginia families. Common-sense measures must be taken to protect families from violence and abuse.

In the 1970, the average job paid $20 per hour. Today, two average full-time jobs will not get you to the same level, and families are suffering. With three out of ten children under the age of six living below the poverty line, and tens of thousands more living right on the edge, West Virginia must work to protect families from hunger, homelessness and the social and physical health problems that stem from poverty.

It used to be you could count on your job to provide for your family, and your community to provide support. With the loss of steady employment and the scattering of communities and families, West Virginia is in danger of losing entire generations to poverty, drug addiction, and violence.
— Cindy Lavender-Bowe