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There But For The Grace of God….


According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Justice, nearly 25% of women experience at least one physical assault during adulthood by a partner. 22% of the women had been subject to domestic violence during some period of their life, according to a United Nations study.
Domestic Violence knows no boundaries, no color, no religion, no age, no economic parameters. Over four million women will experience domestic violence this year; women from every walk of life. Chances are you, dear reader know of someone who is, or has been, a victim of domestic violence. On average, three women die every day at the hands of their domestic partner. After almost 40 years with no permanent home; working out of donated spaces with their shelter in one location and therapy in another, the ability to house everything under one roof is a huge accomplishment.
By consolidating all services onto one sight, clients can come to a campus that provides them with all the services in one place. Indeed recent studies have shown that bringing shelters out of the darkness not only creates a much more positive healing experience for survivors but it increases the understanding of the complex issues surrounding domestic violence for the general public. For a survivor to realize that she has a support system and she no longer has to be in hiding to be safe, true healing can begin for her and her immediate family. Also, this move will allow the center to help close to double the number of survivors at the new facility, providing them immediate access to the other services they will need to heal and begin again knowing they are housed in a place with excellent security and a team of committed individuals all focused on her moving from surviving to thriving!
The need is great and the Community support the Center is receiving speaks volumes about the kind, compassionate and concerned neighbors who help make it possible for these women to find Help and Hope in a confidential and respectful environment. There are still outreach offices, fully staffed where clients can meet with and attorney or therapist at Mainland Children’s Partnership in Texas city and in League City as well as they continue serving entire county
One of the biggest hurdles for these courageous women when they are able to leave, is to find licensed child care for their children while they go about the business of reestablishing themselves as independent and self-supporting. By partnering with Moody Early Childhood Center they will be able to provide licensed child care for all their clients to help them meet those immediate challenges; like prove who they are and who their kiddos are. One of the most common means of controlling a victim is to take away all forms of identification. How in the world does a survivor get back on her feet when she has no way to enroll her children in school, much less apply for a job or for any type of assistance services?
Support systems are poor – for non-residential clients as well and though shelter clients are primary because they are often in danger, the Center is designed to offer a menu of services from which to choose; allowing each individual to access the kind of assistance she needs. Domestic violence is far from a one size fits all issue and it requires flexibility in the services offered to meet the needs of each individual, no matter where they are in their journey to rebuilding a life for the survivor and her children.
Self-confidence rebuilding is pivotal in moving from surviving to thriving and case management and therapy outline and define goals, providing a structure that allows each participant to measure her accomplishments and grow in self-confidence. There is individual and group therapy for survivors and their families; matching individual needs to individual services. After years of being cut off from friends and family; unable to make any decisions on her own, told constantly that she is worthless, stupid, ugly; denied any independence, these women have a long road to recovery. Kudos to the Center and the community that has welcomed them. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

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