For eight years I was in a violent relationship but I kept the violence hidden from family, friends and coworkers.
There were many nights I had to flee my home with my children, sometimes with no coats and shoes in the wintertime. Sometimes I wasn’t able to escape before the violence started. I was severely assaulted and tortured for over an hour in my own home. He strangled me until I was unconscious. When I regained consciousness, he was loading a gun but I managed to escape.
When I went to the Safe on Seven Domestic Violence Center, I met a group of people that changed my life and my children’s lives. It was a very traumatic time and they helped me pull together resources that I didn’t even know existed. Having resources and support in one location was critical for me. Just knowing I had that much support gave me the courage to finally get out of the relationship.
- I was offered a safe place to stay
- They helped me file the paperwork to request a domestic violence protective order
- They referred me to Legal Aid, which represented me in court to obtain the protective order
- They took photos of my injuries that were used in the criminal case
- My children and I were referred to a Family Services therapist
- The District Attorney’s office was very helpful and stayed in contact with me throughout the entire process of the criminal case
Family Services’ compassionate
and professional support provided me the courage and resources
to escape the violence.