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Jewell’s Story

"We all are similar in some kind of form, but we all have our differences to be celebrated.”   If you purchased Handmade by Survivors products during the recent holidays, Jewell likely helped make them.   “It was a lifeline. This program gave me some kind of purpose, or drive, or reason to get up. There were a lot of days that I contemplated not coming and realized this is where I needed to be,” she says.   “The soaps made a lot of difference. They’re all…
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Alpha Chi Omega: Real Strong Women

"The fight against domestic violence starts with your friends and family."    Ending domestic violence is the national philanthropic focus of Alpha Chi Omega, and members of the University of Kentucky chapter embrace the mission with passion and creativity.  “Alpha Chi Omega is all about fostering an environment that builds real strong women through their college experience who become contributing members of our society,” explains Tatum Mowery, Chapter President.   Every semester, members volunteer at the shelter and organize campus-based awareness events like Volley Against Domestic Violence and Donut Let Love Hurt to…
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Daisy’s Story

"For the first time, I finally feel it's over. This is the first time in 21 years that, inside of me, I know it's done."    I’ve always thought, “Well, he’s gonna get better, he’s going to change, but he’s not going to change. I know this now.   Since arriving at GreenHouse17 and being safe, it’s my apartment that has brought me the greatest joy. It’s mine. Everything in it belongs to me. On my first night, I sat on my air mattress and looked around and saw that finally…
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Between Survivors

This note was written by a survivor living at our shelter to encourage other survivors who are seeking support and services to flee intimate partner abuse. Identifying information has been changed for confidentiality. Dear Survivor –  GreenHouse17 has given me the tools to be able to look at myself in the mirror and know that I am beautiful, smart, worthy, and loving. I do have potential to build a strong, bright future for myself.  …
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Day 13: Read, Watch and Listen to Stories of Survival

Stories help us to process our experiences, sympathize with the experiences of others, and make connections with friends and family. We maintain a list of popular books, songs and films about intimate partner abuse (you can find it here), but today we’re featuring one survivor’s story. In her own words. This post is part of our 17 Days/17 Ways campaign to take a stand against intimate partner abuse. Hearts Like Mine By Stephanie March Nearly…

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With a Helping Hand We Can Climb Higher

By Anonymous I am an abused woman.  I was brought to the  shelter by my cousin.  I had severe  pain in  my neck and back,  due to a  blow  in my mid-back region.  I also had pneumonia  and was chronically exhausted. The shelter has helped me.  I have a place to live.  I am safe from harm.  I have a phone and use of a computer to help assist me with employment and housing when…

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My Journey from Domestic Violence to Safety

This post was written by a resident at GreenHouse17: I have been fleeing a domestic violence situation for 13 months now. I left everything I and my kids owned, including our vehicle. He threatened to kill us and himself to solve his problems. I was terrified because he had already assaulted me numerous times and has even served time in prison for these assaults. You see at that point I didn’t really care about myself.…

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