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Partnership Against Domestic Violence
May 8, 2012

Do you know what it feels like to have the man you love nearly choke you to death while your children watch? I do. During our four years together, I experienced all kinds of abuse at the hands of my husband, the kind of abuse that doesn't just break your bones: It breaks your spirit. Beaten and broken - and literally broke (I had $87 to my name) - I ended up in a PADV shelter with my two small children and one suitcase. It changed my life. For the first time in four years, when I went to sleep at night I felt safe because I knew no one was going to pull me out of bed at 2 a.m. and beat me senseless because I had not finished the laundry or the bathroom wasn't cleaned. For the first time in years, I felt like someone cared about me. I felt like I mattered. I lived with my children in the PADV shelter for seven weeks. From the support groups to the legal aid to the friendships I built while there, PADV helped me put the pieces of my life back together again. It wasn't just that they gave us sheets and towels and food - they gave women like me a chance to find ourselves again, to find our strength. Today, I co-own a successful business and am raising two "tween-agers" who are happy, healthy straight A students. I would not be where I am now withouth the support I received from PADV.

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

By providing me with shelter and food, support group sessions and legal resources, PADV gave me the foundation I needed to get back on my feet again.

Ways to make it better...

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

Like every nonprofit, PADV always needs additional resources so that this organization can continue to make a difference in the lives of women and children.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

I called a workplace hotline and was connected to PADV victim crisis line.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

PADV turns "victims into victors." That's my motto. This organization helped me stop being a victim and helped me on the road to being truly victorious.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I was a client served by PADV; now I am a volunteer.