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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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Faithful Helpers

"If we want to be helpful, then we need to be in partnership."    When Pastor Mark Davis moved from Boise, Idaho to begin his role at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington 10 years ago, he asked the search committee to connect him with a few of our community’s leaders.   Former Fayette District Court Judge Lewis Paisley suggested Darlene Thomas. In the years since those meetings, Pastor Mark has led the congregation in meaningful survivor support.   One example, Music for Mission, is an annual philanthropic concert series organized by…
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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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FKA Twigs Speaks Out

FKA Twigs recently shared her story of survival in an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning. Twigs explains, "I just couldn't carry it anymore..." Singer-songwriter FKA Twigs has accused her former partner, Shia LaBeouf, of intimate partner abuse. She is sharing her story to help others spot early signs of abuse and let survivors know they are not alone. Twigs received support and guidance during a call to a domestic violence hotline. Now, looking…
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The Courageous Act of Self-Love

As we embark on our healing journey, love must be at the center. Love is what unifies all of us, but our understanding of love varies. Often, we are taught how to love others way before we are taught to love ourselves. As a result, a lot of us turn to trying to find love in things outside of ourselves. For many people who’ve never practiced self-love, it can feel overwhelming and, at times, a…

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Lisa’s Story of Healing and Survival

Lisa made this video. This is her story of healing and survival in her own voice. We share it with her permission. This post is part of our 17 Voices campaign during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call our 24-hour crisis hotline: 800-544-2022.

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My story

By Anonymous 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. We had nowhere to go. Once…

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