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Morning Brief: Domestic Violence, Monsoonal Thunderstorms, And The Annenberg Beach House

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Good morning, L.A. It’s June 29.

In her new investigative series, my colleague Julia Paskin examines the startling statistic that more than 50% of women experiencing homelessness in L.A. are on the streets as a result of domestic violence.

For many, the road to being unhoused is full of shame and fear, and is bookmarked with the knowledge that in order to escape their abuser, they must flee — whenever the moment is right — with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

“It’s like jumping from a burning building but there’s no net to catch you,” said Nikki Brown, a survivor and advocate.

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In L.A., the situation is made worse by the restrictive rules around homeless services. Some shelters require that survivors of domestic abuse stop working and hand over their cell phone so their abuser can’t track them down. Plus, women must be unhoused at the time they’re seeking a spot at most shelters, which means they can’t plan ahead.

"You have to flee first and then contact shelters and say, 'Hi, I’m homeless and I need shelter now.' And that may or may not be available to you at any given time," Brown said.

Read the whole article here, and for a list of resources for domestic abuse survivors, click here.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.

What Else You Need To Know Today

Before You Go ... This Week's Outdoor Pick: The Annenberg Beach House Pool

The pool at the Annenberg Beach House
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The Annenberg Beach House Pool reopens to the public just in time for the July 4 holiday weekend. Passes go on sale in-person, one hour before opening. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and all members of your party must be in attendance while buying tickets at the window. The pool closes for the season on Sept. 6.

Or, you could: Tune in as George Takei talks acting, activism and social media. View a new exhibition of protest images. Visit a plastic bag store. And more.

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