I volunteered with CORA's Legal Department for a year and it was a truly life-altering, as well as career-altering, experience. Not only did I get to work with extremely talented and social justice-conscious attorneys, but I got hands on experience with domestic violence victims and survivors. I had no idea going in that I would take away as much knowledge as I did about domestic violence and its effects. CORA works tirelessly to provide assistance, in just about every conceivable form, to domestic violence victims and San Mateo County is extremely lucky to have them.
Leaving an abusive relationship is extremely difficult, and once you have left it can take years to recover. Many people never leave because they believe they lack the support and resources to do so. If only they knew about CORA. CORA provides both the practical resources (food, shelter, legal services, transitional housing) and emotional support victims need to move out and on with their lives.
Before I found CORA, I didn't know how I would ever get free of my abuser. CORA taught me what my legal rights were. They helped me win a restraining order and secure valuable services for my daughter. Most importantly, they helped me realize that what happened to me was not my fault, and they taught me the difference between a healthy relationship and an abusive one. Thanks to CORA, I feel I am abuse proof.
If you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship, don't wait for things to get better. They won't. Call the CORA hotline and start taking the first steps toward freedom. It's totally confidential and you are under no obligation to take action.
Review from Guidestar