After fleeing an abusive relationship, Mary* wondered if she’d ever feel safe. She felt overwhelmed, alone and hopeless and couldn’t imagine a better future for herself. “I didn’t think my life was going to improve, “ she said.
Mary found help at the Domestic Violence Shelter, a United Way of Wayne County Funded program through Wayne Uplift. They are helping her rebuild her life.
Did you know that each day WU receives over 30 calls requesting help? In fact, this number can increase to as much as 70 on the weekend! Over half of all spousal violence victims with children reported that their children witnessed the assaults. Domestic violence includes physical, verbal, emotional, economic and/or sexual abuse.
Trauma of this nature is life changing and can have numerous long-term adverse health effects. Research has shown that survivors of DV have overall poorer mental and emotional well-being, lowered self-esteem, financial hardship, and even shortened lifespan. Additionally, for children, trauma of this nature can have lasting effects on their lives, too.
Fleeing a violent relationship and finding a solid place to land can be challenging. Having a caring and supportive network is essential to ending the cycle of abuse and rebuilding their lives.
Mary found the counselling, legal support, housing, employment and financial literacy skills that helped her heal and reduce the risk of her children going on to become victims or abusers themselves. In North Carolina last year there were 62 deaths related to Domestic Violence.
Your generosity can help people like Mary. Those who need to change their situation are given courage knowing there is a place for healing, building a better life, and change for Mary and her children. YOU have the power to make CHANGE happen. If you know of someone who needs help have them call 919-736-1313. Click here to Learn More about this United Way of Wayne County funded program and others.
*Mary is a factious name to protect her identity.
What does COURAGE look like?