Support survivors of family violence
#GivingTuesday is a global day of caring and generosity, when we focus on causes we hold dear. This GivingTuesday, you can transform lives impacted by family violence.
Your donation helps people in danger access safety/shelter and legal resources to stay safe, and get support and advocacy services to rebuild lives and live peacefully.
The demand for Sojourner’s domestic violence prevention and intervention services is on the rise. We’ve served 26% more clients in the past 3 years.
We need your help more than ever to support survivors, promote peace and break the cycle of violence for future generations.
When you give to Sojourner, you help people like Shawna
Shawna* first reached out to Sojourner after an acquaintance shared how much Sojourner’s services and support meant to her. Shawna was struggling and in a low place, dealing with the abuse alone, so she decided to reach out and joined Sojourner’s survivor support group.
After her abuser broke her windows and jumped on her while she was pregnant, Shawna’s support group facilitator spent some time with her after group to talk about options for reporting the crime and filing a restraining order.
“When I walked out of the room, I saw my daughter standing in the door of the childcare room. I thought, if I can’t do this for myself; I have to do this for my kids,” says Shawna. “My group facilitator went above and beyond to walk me through the process. I thought, wow, I have support. People care.”
After Shawna’s restraining order was granted, Sojourner advocates connected her with legal services for custody and placement issues. She also attended Sojourner’s book club and wellness programming, worked with a therapist at the Family Peace Center, and received healing services through CORE El Centro, one of several agencies located at the Family Peace Center.
Today, Shawna appreciates the support she’s received (and continues to receive) from Sojourner staff and clients.
“I always have someone to call, someone who understands what I’m going through.”
Her message to other survivors?
“There’s help. You don’t need to be ashamed. Sojourner advocates will not judge you. They’re here to help and they want you to heal because you are someone important.”
During her time at Sojourner, one memory especially stands out to Shawna. In support group one day, the facilitator asked participants to write down something they wanted to let go of. The group was told they didn’t need to carry those things with them into the future.
“I realized in that moment that this old identity and trauma don’t define me,” says Shawna. “That’s not who I am. I’m not who he told me I was. I am somebody to be loved, cared for and respected.”
*Name changed for privacy.
Your gift provides safety, healing and support
With your help, survivors like Shawna can overcome violence and build better lives for themselves and their children. Please give today.
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