For International Women’s Day
we want to highlight one of the strongest things a woman can do.
Women in abusive relationships face numerous barriers to leaving. These barriers range from fear of the abuser, fear of local officials and the criminal justice system, financial dependence and the inability to find funds to leave, isolation from friends and family, concerns about children, and so much more.
Read a survivor story that demonstrates how
Brave & Strong
this woman proved herself to be:
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I was the one saying, “why they just don’t leave?” Until the day I was the one in that position. I was ashamed, the fear paralyzed me and I was convinced that no one would believe me. How come a strong well educated woman would be involved in an abusive relationship and stay in it?
I focused on what I was good at: working. I worked in different jobs; cleaning lady, babysitter, swimming instructor, among others. Always busy but still in crisis. Money was always tight. I was keeping my mind occupied with other things.
For a long time I thought that not thinking about what happened was going to make it go away. I was wrong. Actually, talking about it freed me from the burden of thinking I became that woman I once prejudged as weak.
Taking the first step was hard. But after I called Hope’s Door, I felt that I finally found the support I was seeking. I felt understood from the beginning, even when it was so hard for me to talk about it. From the person on the phone, to the front desk lady, to my amazing counselor, everyone was so welcoming, friendly and supportive. They showed me that I was not weak, that I was worthy. With the help and support of Hope’s Door, I got back on track in many aspects of my life. I started to teach again and went back to college for a Master’s Degree.
And most importantly, with the help of Hope’s Door, i am learning to value myself for who i am, to not let the past define me, but to see all the potential that i have to create the life that i deserve. The life that we deserve.
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