Of women have been abused by a romantic partner
Of adolescents are victims of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner
Of homeless women with children have experienced domestic violence
Survivors Speak Out
Hear their voices. Share their stories. Make their trauma count.
When “Lalita” came to the shelter she was sad, afraid and confused. She had been married for just over five years and her life at home had become unbearable.
The abuse was nearly constant. Her efforts to “do better” to “be better” were never enough. She lived in a constant state of fear and anxiety, never knowing what would be the reason for the next onslaught of name calling and hitting. One day, while sitting alone in her house, she made up her mind. She decided to leave. She and her infant could not, and would not, live like this anymore.
"Stacy" came to Hope Alliance in the back of a cop car with her 13 month old daughter.
Her ex-boyfriend had broken into her apartment and strangled her while she was holding her daughter in her arms. The police arrived shortly after he broke in and it took five officers to pull him off of her. Her ex-boyfriend then assaulted a police officer after being pulled off of her.
He was arrested but was not charged with child endangerment or strangulation. He was only charged with burglary and assaulting an officer, as these charges are higher felonies
“Monica” met her husband online. He lived in the US and she lived in Columbia. Eventually, they got married and she immigrated to the United States. Their life seemed to be an unending honeymoon. At first everything was good as they were happy and getting to know each other. A few months later Monica became pregnant and they were very excited about adding a new member to their family.
Monica enrolled in a program to become a bilingual instructor and her mom moved to the United States to help her during pregnancy and eventually with the baby.
Hear from one of our volunteers, Ashley, who is also a local police office.
Know more about the facts and statistics of domestic violence.