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June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

I had grown in a cycle of violence but I did not know it until my last relationship. That's where I found WEAVE. When I went there I was unsure about surviving domestic violence because he had never hit me. I realized after meeting with my therapist that I had experienced other kinds of abuse. If it was not for WEAVE, I would still be in the cycle of violence, through counseling I was able to realize I was worthy enough to have violence in my life-period. I am grateful for WEAVE, I learned a lot about myself and healed many wounds from my childhood to my present wounds. Thanks WEAVE!

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

I learned about the cycle of violence and how my whole life had been affected.

Ways to make it better...

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

More funds to reach more victims.

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

Being heard and not judged.

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

compassionate

Ways to make it better...

nothing

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

funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I never thought I would be in an abusive relationship. I am a successful media professional with a loving family and wonderful group of friends. I always thought domestic violence happened to 'other' people - not me. I even produced TV programs on violence against women around the globe. So when I found myself in the middle of it, I had no idea how I got there much less how to handle it. My family and friends didn't know what to do or how to help me. As I began to pull further and further away from everyone I loved, I fell deeper and deeper into an increasingly destructive cycle of abuse. I was truly alone and, worst of all, reliant on my abuser. It took a long time for me to leave but when I did, WEAVE was there to help me pick up the pieces of my life. I pressed charges, faced my abuser in court and thankfully the justice system put him behind bars for one year. But once that phase was completed, I was still alone - isolated and feeling that my friends and family could not understand me or what I had been through. I was a shell of my former self. The light inside me had disappeared. It was the therapists at WEAVE and the brave, wonderful women who made up WEAVE's Healing Hearts group who helped me see a brighter future. Slowly at first, and then more easily as time passed, I was able to open up and share myself. I learned that I was not alone, that my feelings were not abnormal. I gained strength from the women in Healing Hearts and soon the light returned to my life. Today I am the happiest I have ever been and I have WEAVE to thank for putting me on that path. They guided me through the most challenging time of my life and I am eternally grateful.

The Great!

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

the work it does supporting its clients. I was a client and participated in WEAVE's Healing Hearts group for survivors of domestic violence. The staff was amazingly supportive, discrete and created an environment of safety and love. They are lifesavers!

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

it gave me my life back. There's really no greater gift.

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

amazingly professional and caring. There is no judgement, only support.

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

empower millions and millions of women facing domestic violence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

WEAVE saved my life. I was feeling awful about the domestic violence I suffered and it heped tremendously to share and listen to others going through the same things. The educational aspect was also very helpful. The staff was great, knowedgable, compassionate, and thorough. I also secured my divorce with WEAVE's legal help. Regarding the question below about frequency, my response is reflective of when I was receiving services.

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

Regaining self-esteem, getting a divorce, and making friends.

Ways to make it better...

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

More outreach to the public.

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

Getting the help I desperately needed at the time. Gaining my divorce was life-changing and WEAVE legal services made that possible.

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

Compassionate, knowledgable, and kind.

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

Reach out and help many more women suffering from the many effects of domestic violence.

Ways to make it better...

Everything was great, I wouldn't change anything.

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

Funding

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

Please keep doing what you are doing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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 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.

The Great!

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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