As the Prevention Educator at SafeHouse, I firmly believe the more we talk about domestic and sexual violence in an educational setting the more doors will open for victims and survivors to talk about their experiences and seek help. With this past month being domestic violence awareness month, we were able to attend and host several events to celebrate the survivors who made it out and honor the victims who did not. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 female victims die at the hands of an intimate partner.

This week, however, we get the opportunity to hear from a survivor of domestic violence. This particular survivor did not feel comfortable sharing about her abuse but still desired for people to know how serious domestic violence is. Please continue reading to hear what she has to say. Hopefully, like her, other stories of domestic violence will be brought to light, more victims will feel less alone, and there will be a reduction in domestic violence rates.

“I didn’t know what to expect when we got here, but since our arrival, my son and I have felt safe and secure. The staff and other residents have been extremely kind and helpful. Any and all issues or concerns I have had, have been addressed in a timely manner. Everyone is very supportive and here for you when you need them. The most important thing is doing your part and making sure there are aware of your needs. The one thing I wish people knew or understood about domestic violence is that it is not as easy to leave as people think. Also, domestic violence causes you to lose people that you genuinely thought were friends. It also causes shame and loneliness because sometimes you are separated from other people.”

At SafeHouse, our mission is to support domestic and sexual violence survivors in a way that truly helps them feel loved and empowers them to regain autonomy and take control of their life back. We desire one day to work ourselves out of a job by reducing domestic and sexual violence to non-existence.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic or sexual violence, please call our crisis line (205) 669-7233 (SAFE) where a trained advocate is ready to speak with you and provide support and resources for domestic and sexual violence.