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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Refuge Network, a program of Family Pathways, assists and supports over 2,300 people living with domestic violence a year.

 

 

One Survivor’s Story:

After being a homemaker for 26 years and having raised seven beautiful children with my abuser, coming to the shelter literally saved my life. I left my financial security and my entire life’s work in the hope that I could finally be free of the abuse that I had suffered despite my best efforts to make it stop. I have donated a kidney. I worked in journalism and have written articles about the impact of domestic violence in other women’s lives. Suffice it to say, I never imagined that I would ever be a recipient of being a client of a domestic abuse shelter.

Walking out of my home for what would be the last time felt a lot like free-falling from an airplane without a parachute. It was, without question, the most terrifying thing I have ever done, yet I know that if I did not take the risk, I would have ended up as another domestic violence statistic. Deep down, despite the messages of my unworthiness, I knew that I owed myself and my son (still living at home) a chance at a healthier, safer life.

It was a life-saving risk.

The shelter not only provided a safe place for us to heal, it gave us a chance to rebuild ourselves from scratch, as our very core being was slowly diminished in an insidious fashion.

The word advocate means ‘a person who publicly supports a particular cause’. Some synonyms are Champion, Upholder, Supporter, Backer, Promoter, Fighter, Crusader, Spokesperson, and Booster. The domestic violence advocates at the Refuge Network from the Program Director to the overnight advocates personify these words in every way possible. Residents of the shelter and people utilizing the community program have access to these incredible women (and men) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This continued support is essential to healing. The Refuge Network is truly my blessing.

Refuge Network help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week    1-800-338-7233 (SAFE)