Hi my name is Linette Hosendorf and I am a Survior of mental and physical abuse. When I look back and see where God has brought me I can only give God the Praise. My ex husband was my abuser and everyday I had to wait and see how his day was going to be. He also was on crack, the abuse was before the addiction it just got worst. I was not able to go to church but when I did I couldn't stay for all the services, he would pick fights so when I wouldn't argue he said I was ignoring him, so he would do the finger poking in the face or the hits to the body, because he knew I would never show my body, and if he hit me in places people could see he knew people would question me. One time he made me go down into our basement and just argued and took a pole from off my son swing and held it to my neck while he just fussed. He went to pick up a 20or 30 pound weight because he stated that he was going to hit me with and I start praying hard and loud pleading the Blood of Jesus, my abusers eyes were red and his face was so angry that he looked like a demon. Thanks be to God that weight he use to be able to pick up he couldn't lift , I knew that was no body but The Lord, I continue to pray and I heard the basement door open and someone yelled down the steps, what's goin on? That's how I got out of that that time. I would always think that he would get better each time it was getting closer to my death. One day he hit me with a piece of wood and I put my arm up to block it and he injured my wrist, I had been to go to the emergency room so many times that this time the Dr came in the room and he saw me and he asked me what happened I said, a car door slammed on it.. He stopped writing and looked at me and said, one day your gonna have a tag hanging from your toe. The Dr. Left the room and sent a nurse to wrap my wrist.
I did not have the courage to leave some years later it wasn't just about me I had to get my children out of that environment. My girlfriend was taking a class I beli in Social Work and she came across some information but she said don't tak it if your not going to use it, because if he finds this information he will probably try to kill you. Some months went by I got in touch with my girlfriend told her I was ready. She gave me the info, I hid the card. He never stopped putting his hands on my, but the mental was getting just as bad. One day he hit me over the head with the phone handle, because I wasn't mad that his girlfriend was on the phone. I had already started packing, in trash bags cause he would think that was laundry. He went to work that morning I dropped my children off my to oldest to my moms took my youngest with me. I called the WAA hotline and they told me I had to be dropped off in west philly in a specific spot alone. They took me to a shelter, then transitional housing (Sojouner), to Diginity Housing. I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for WAA.
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WAA is an excellent organization with a dedicated staff and a proven record of success. As the only DV shelter in a city of millions, it is incredible what they do to help survivors. Support for WAA is so great that even in this time of difficult funding, WAA has managed to completely reconstruct its transitional housing shelter and even add more beds. Women and families are scheduled to move back into a brand new space in December 2012! Way to go WAA!
I went to the Domestic Violence walk in Philedelphia in October. I live in NJ and this walk was the closest one I could find. Domestic Violence is a serious issue that needs more recognition. As a survivor, I've had very limite services to help me.
WAA's commitment to battered women is stellar. Their leadership is passionate, involved both at the local and state levels to ensure that services remain focused on empowering domestic violence victims. Their vision is clear, their capacity for caring about survivors and each other is unwavering, and they steadfastly work to fulfill their mission.
Women Against Abuse helps women take care of themselves and their families when they have no other options. WAA staff and board members are committed to making a positive impact on those afflicted by abuse. So many of today's problems are due to low self-esteem, anger and feelings of being a victim. Women Against Abuse helps to break the chain of destruction and despair of families afflicted by violence.
My wife and I have been involved with Woman Against Abuse (WAA) for more than ten years in many capacities. We have found that, unfortunately, the need for support for woman and their childred who are in abusive relationships is greatly underserved by the general public. WAA, working with limited resourses, manages to make a difference in the lives of many victums of domestic violence. I know that without WAA there would be many more victums of domestic violence in our community.
I have worked with the organization for a number of years. Very dedicated volunteers, board members and professional staff. Really trying hard to make a diffeence in this comnmunity for abused women and their children.
I have worked with Women Against Abuse as a Board member and also in advocacy efforts to improve state and local policies on domestic violence. I am always impressed with the skill and caring shown by staff members, and the breadth of vision and holistic response by the organization. WAA provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal services, counseling and community education to thousands of individuals each year. Staff provide training to police, district attorneys and judges in an effort to improve responses by the courts and legal system. Advocates assist survivors in both civil and criminal court proceedings, as well as providing services to survivors who choose not to use the court system.
Women Against Abuse offers safety, shelter, support and legal counseling to thousands of women and their children each year whose lives are endangered by domestic violence. As the demand for services has increased over the past few years, the resources needed to meet that demand have not. However, the dedicated staff of Women Against Abuse has worked hard to fulfill its mission and provide life-changing help to the many who need it. As a member of the Board of Directors,Women Against Abuse is an outstanding organization that provides critically needed services. I am very proud of the commitment of our staff, volunteers and Board to offering sanctuary to those exposed to intimate partner violence and to their strong advocacy to end domestic violence in our community.
WAA is committed to ending domestic violence period end of story. Each day, WAA is providing shelter, long-term housing, legal representation, education, legislative advocacy and hotline services in support of its commitment. This commitment is supported and contributed to at every level of the organization. I am proud to serve on the board of such a worthy organization.
Hello my name is Sheila E. Armstrong and I am a former client of Women Against Abuse and current board member. I am a mother of two boys and I am a survivor of domestic abuse. If you had asked me where would I be today, my answer would have been slightly different than where I am. On October 10, 2003 my son’s father assaulted me. My injuries were a concussion, both eyes swollen with one shut, lip busted and a broken arm. When I was in the hospital I spoke with a social worker about my fears of returning home. During this conversation the social worker told me about Women Against Abuse and how they have an emergency shelter that helps woman that have been through traumatic situations like mine. I was very hesitant to go into a shelter but I knew I didn’t want to go home and any other options I may have were very limited. So with the social worker's assistance I called Women Against Abuse and I am very thankful to God I did!
Even though I was a physical and emotional mess my very first night at Women Against Abuse emergency shelter was very comforting because this is when my relationship began with God.
I am proud to say today that I have my own two-bedroom apartment with intentions on becoming a homeowner within the near future. At one point of my life I was a high school dropout but now, I can say that I am a student at University of Phoenix Master's Degree Program. I am employed with the School District of Philadelphia and I have a peace of mind, body, and soul that I can only thank God and Women Against Abuse for. I feel that if it wasn’t for the incredible support I received from Women Against Abuse I would have never been given the opportunities I received and I may still be living in a life of fear.