Abuse victims in Joplin struggle to find housing

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 | 4:54 p.m. CST

JOPLIN — When the Joplin tornado destroyed her father's home, Alisha Courtney had no place to turn. So she went back to live with her abusive boyfriend, just weeks after fleeing his regular beatings. Now she's reaped the consequences: She's lost custody of her 3-year-old daughter after police raided her boyfriend's home and allegedly found a methamphetamine lab.