When Kelly* woke up to an acquaintance sexually assaulting her after a night out with friends, she thought the worst had already happened. She sought medical attention, reported the attack to law enforcement and reached out to Shelter House to work with an advocate and begin healing. What Kelly didn’t know was that her attacker […]Read More
During a primary prevention course with teens, a Shelter House advocate opened discussion about gift giving. Jacob*, a middle schooler, shared that his girlfriend yelled at him for not getting her a more expensive gift when he gave her a necklace purchased with his own money. Michael*, a high schooler in the group, spoke up […]Read More
Jane* first came to Shelter House in 2008 and utilized Outreach services. Her husband of two years was physically and emotionally abusive. When he went to prison, Jane stopped using our services. Two years later, she called the hotline looking to get out of another abusive relationship. This time, Jane entered our emergency shelter then […]Read More
Lena* made plans to file taxes and claim her two children as dependents until her abuser told her that she couldn’t even file taxes. He tried to convince her that she had not earned enough last year and said he would claim the children when he filed. Lena was already working with an advocate at […]Read More
Anna*is a domestic violence survivor with four children, two of which have medical conditions that require hospitalization from time to time. She opened up to her advocate about her financial struggles. The two sat down and analyzed Anna’s income and expenses and made plans to save money. They discussed planning grocery shopping trips by making […]Read More
When my boyfriend became physically abusive, I knew I had to get out. I confided in my best friend, and he became part of my safety plan. He encouraged me to leave and offered me a place to stay. After a particularly bad fight one night, I took him up on his offer and moved […]Read More
*Names have been changed to protect identity.