My story started many years ago when I was involved in an abusive relationship. When my abuser hit my son, I was referred to the Women In Distress Outreach program. Women In Distress helped me in so many ways including getting a restraining order and helping me relocate to a new state. I had finally fled my abuser and started to heal. Two years passed and a bang on the door changed my life again. He found me. I was so scared. My landlord called the police and he left. Hours later…I left. I left my life behind. I got on a Greyhound bus with no destination, but ended up back in Florida.
I knew that I would have a safe place at Women In Distress, so I called the Crisis Hotline and was accepted into the shelter. There I found help and hope. When I came to Women In Distress, I did not have day care, food, nor clothing – I had nothing. Women In Distress provided me with everything I needed. The advocates and therapists counseled me and gave me the strength I needed. Women In Distress has given me and my son a lot of peace. I can’t say that my story has ended…it’s only the beginning of getting myself and my son back out into the world. This will be my end to domestic violence because I’ve learned to walk away.
Intervention: The Women In Distress 132-bed shelter provides safe refuge for those fleeing from domestic abuse situations. The shelter is frequently at capacity and often, more than half of the beds are filled with children.