“My name is “Beth.” I have been a victim of domestic violence since I was a child. From parents to spouses, my entire life has consisted of horrific situations of abuse.

If it were not for the education, the ability to listen, compassion, and understanding provided by the women who work for the Shelter, I would be nothing more than another statistic living in daily fear.

These women are far more than counselors; they are angels, allowing each client who walks through the front door the chance of achievement. With guidance and gentleness, the clients gain much more than anyone could possibly ask for: our dignity and our self-worth.”

“I am so grateful for all you have done for me. I got my hope, my spirit, and my pride back. Calling there was the best thing I could have done.” ~ “Janet”

“My name is “Kimberly,” and I am a victim of domestic violence.

I was in DVSSP’s Shelter three times due to physical, mental, and emotional abuse from my partner of several years who is also the father of my children.

I’ve been through a lot with him, from threats to kill me and my children, to chasing me in public, to begging and crying for forgiveness. Pretty much your typical abuser.

I have left and returned home several times. Most recently, I made that choice because my abuser told me he was awarded custody of one of my children and he was coming with the papers to get him. I discovered later this was not true.

Since being at the Shelter I have learned that the abuse is not my fault and it’s okay to ask for help.

My children and I left everything behind. Help with clothing, food, and hygiene products was provided. Anything they didn’t have at the Shelter, they helped us find resources to get.

The staff at the Shelter are wonderful, and while you think you’re weak and think you can’t get help or can’t move, the staff is strong for you and it helps you empower yourself and they help you feel strong.

Today, I feel like I can do it. I have beautiful children who are safe and I have hope for the future. I feel safe for once in my life. Before coming into shelter I felt like I had no hope, like the only way out was death, for him or me. But today I am at the Shelter waiting to take the next step in my life.”

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