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Women In Distress

August Mission Moment

Mission Moment: Because of you our children are ready for school

Friends, thank you for your generous support in our Back to School Campaign. More than half the people in Women In Distress’ Emergency Shelter are children, and the number of children we serve as an agency is growing. Thanks to your generosity more than 125 children received school supplies. The children Women In Distress serves are now well-equipped for the new school year.

On average it costs $388 to prepare a child for school – a hefty price for most domestic violence survivors. Your kindness means domestic violence survivors did not have to carry this burden themselves.

Over 90 donors gave supplies, gift cards and donated over $13,000 to benefit the survivors we serve. Last week, Women In Distress distributed school supplies to our families in need.

Our distribution party was a joyous event as parents attended a financial education session led by Women In Distress’ Economic Empowerment Advocate while children played games and eagerly awaited their new school supplies. Afterwards, the supplies were distributed followed with light refreshments. The room was brimming with excitement as children collected their bright backpacks and beamed with smiling faces.

Thank you for making Women In Distress’ 2018 Back to School Campaign one of the most successful in our history.

It’s not too late to help. Our Back to School Campaign continues through August 20th. Please make a donation and help Women In Distress as we continue to help the children we serve year-round with much needed school supplies.

 

Thank you to our Teacher-level sponsor, K Company Realty.

And an extra special thanks to the Jim Moran Foundation for their generous donation to our Back to School Campaign.

 

 

Katrina’s Story

Katrina's StoryHollywood Police Department and Women In Distress have had a long standing partnership in holding batterers accountable and helping survivors of domestic violence. In 2015, HPD took the partnership one step further by creating the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative Program.  It’s the first of its kind in Florida and the goal is to identify the individuals with the most repetitive and violent offenses. They compile the names in a database and try to take action before the offender strikes again.

This program helped identify Katrina’s husband.  

Partnering with Women In Distress’ Intimate Violence Enhanced Service Team (InVEST), the two agencies were able to create a safety plan to help Katrina and her son leave their home.  Together, they arranged for the survivors to meet at a place where Katrina was able to go without her husband.  When the two arrived, they escaped out a back door and into an awaiting HPD cruiser, from there, they were brought Women In Distress.

Katrina and her son stayed with Women In Distress for 8 weeks.  During this time, they received counseling and therapy support, assistance with filing restraining orders, career services support, and a safe place to start rebuilding their lives.   Women In Distress helped Katrina relocate out of state, find an apartment with family, and gain employment.  They also connected them with another domestic violence center so that they may continue on their path from victim to survivor.  

This is just one example of how partnerships save lives.  “Thank You” to all of our law enforcement partners.  You are making a difference every day.

*For the safety of our survivor, names have been changed and stock images used

 

24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE

 

Women In Distress operates a 24-hour crisis hotline (954-761-1133) that provides crisis intervention, advocacy services, counseling and information on domestic violence. The hotline is staffed by trained advocates and volunteers who focus on helping callers. 

They have operators available to answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in 3 languages (English, Spanish, and Creole).

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