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Review for Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc., Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Role:  Client Served & I participated in WEAVE'S Healing Hearts group.