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May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

I'm a successful executive. For years (2 to be exact) my husband threatened to kill me and to steal my child. Eventually he started physically hurting me as well. When I'd had enough, I went to a lawyer. The answers I got were long, complicated, expensive, and included a lot of concessions I wasn't willing to make. I remembered donating to WEAVE once as part of a production of the Vagina Monologues. I never thought I would need to call them. I didn't think WEAVE services were for people like me. Frankly, I wasn't aware that strong, smart successful people could be victims of domestic violence. It had become achingly clear, however, that I was wrong. Shaking and hiding in my car in a CVS parking lot, I called WEAVE. That phone call was like grabbing on to a lifeboat when you are drowning in a wide ocean of fear and uncertainty. In days, I had met with an incredibly helpful lawyer for free, had filed a restraining order at the court house, and got sole temporary custody of my son. A WEAVE volunteer sat with me through all the court proceedings and called me periodically to check in on me. I felt guilty using their services because I felt like my abuse was so minor compared to the other people I met while working with WEAVE. But repeatedly they told me that I was a victim and they were determined to help -- that domestic abuse might come in degrees, but their services didn't. As my case has progressed I have learned so much about domestic violence from WEAVE through their educational programs. Recently I was just emotionally overwhelmed by the legal process I am involved in and WEAVE provided individual counseling services which have grounded me and given me a clearer vision of how I can create a violence free future for myself. I was a victim of domestic violence, but I am not weak. WEAVE helped me connect to my strength, get safe, and move forward. I can’t imagine how much longer that would have taken without them and every day I look in my little boys eyes and know we are safe, I am grateful to all WEAVE has done for us.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a million dollars a day so they never had to worry about funding.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's the first time I've really felt listened to and understood so quickly and easily and by so many people about this problem.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

heartbreakingly wonderful down to the person. I still carry a CVS receipt with notes from my first call. From the receiptionists to the interns to the legal staff and social works. Everyone has been amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand their holistic approach, develop a low-bono legal clinic to augment their probono services for more upscale clients, reach out more specifically to immigrant and ethnic groups, reach out to upscale survivors, have satellite campuses around the city

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of a way

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and perceptions of victims of domestic violence.

One thing I'd also say is that...

WEAVE's staff have inspired me to change my career and do something that helps people - to give back a little of what WEAVE has given me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

WEAVE saved my life. I had been so emotionally (and at times physically) abused for so many years, and kept enclosed in the bubble with which my husband circumscribed my life, for the longest time I didn't even realize that this was not normal. Finally I woke up one night when he threatened to kill me, and the very next day I called WEAVE. My counselor worked magic with my consciousness and my energy every time I visited her. Whenever I got caught up in detrimental head trips, she refocused my attention within my body, the feelings in my body and energy. She always brought me back to my true self, leaving me calmed and strengthened. By the time I actually managed to leave my marriage, WEAVE had worked miracles in healing and empowering me. It was one of the most positive experiences of my life. I am a far stronger and wiser woman for this experience. WEAVE is so vital to our community, to our sisters. Please support them any way you can.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My inner consciousness where I found healing and wholeness, and my outer life where I found safety and sisterhood.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more awesome counselors like Heather Powers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I am safe, happy, and more alive than ever after having survived many years of marital abuse.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Truly dedicated, selfless, and skilled healers and servants of the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save more women from abusive relationships, open to more women how to live their lives positively and healthily, and bring together in safe space an ever-growing community of women who have been empowered by WEAVE's work.

Ways to make it better...

It was so positive, I honestly have no complaints.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finances.

One thing I'd also say is that...

My gratitude and admiration for WEAVE are beyond bounds. I'd do anything for them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

I first came in contact with WEAVE at a teen domestic violence event. They were informative, resourceful, and effective. Since them I have seen them at various community events bringing awareness to the problem of Domestic Violence. They have even been on our community local TV channel to bring awareness to this topic! They are top notch in helping people understand the dynamics of intimate partner abuse.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community events.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

improve their website to highlight more of what they do in the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are clear and understandable and provide great resources

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to educate the community and provide even better resources and services.

Ways to make it better...

They had a bigger venue to spread there message.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they specialize in providing services that some of the other organizations don't such as legal assistance. They need more funds to continue to be able to do this.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 5, 2010

I was a victim of domestic violence and Weave helped me physically, mentally and emotionally get myself together. My counselor was great, my lawyers deserved more financial compensation than hitting the lottery. They went through every step with me, including following up with me after the trial and sporaidically staying in touch with me. I can not speak highly enough of WEAVE and the services they provide. They are also a bilingual org, which is what we need more of here.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

counseling and legal services

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they need money to run.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, courteous and very nice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue operating at a comfort level for at least 10-15 more years.

Ways to make it better...

I could have continued counseling. There are so many victims and not enough slots there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding sponsorship.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they rock. Heather Powers is the best at empowering people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 5, 2010

I am, of course, biased... but I can say with absolute confidence that WEAVE provides life-saving and life-altering assistance to folks in the DC area who are experiencing domestic and sexual violence as adults or teens. WEAVE's model of empowerment and self-determination is the center of all that it is and does. The staff and board are amazingly committed, inspiring, strong and creative in helping folks find their own inner strength, beauty and light.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly kind, centered, compassionate, knowledgable and committed!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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