Emma's Story

Stories of Hope: Emma’s Story

Emma was suffering not only from her husband’s physical violence, but had the scars of many years of emotional abuse when she reached out to Center for Hope and Safety for help. Like so many victims of domestic violence, she was financially dependent on her abuser and she did not believe that she could make it on her own. Emma lacked the confidence to leave her abusive home, but the turning point was when she started to become fearful for her sons’ safety. 

When she knew her children were at risk, Emma and her three boys fled to the Safe House. After a few months, she and her children moved on to Transitional Housing. With coaching, training and counseling from our career counselor, she wrote her resume and cover letter and found the strength to overcome her fears and face the challenge of supporting herself and her children on her own.

Here are her words:

“I am Emma, the mother of three teenage boys, and a woman who had endured many years of violence at the hands of my husband. I tried desperately to protect my sons and myself from his constant abuse, but despite my numerous escape attempts, he always tracked the boys down at their school and stalked me at the hospital where I worked. Finally, I turned to Center for Hope and Safety. Their legal program helped me obtain a temporary restraining order. We all received extensive therapy in the emergency shelter and afterwards were given the opportunity to live safely in transitional housing.
I am now recertified as a nurse, I drive a donated car and two of my three sons are living on their own. Thanks to Center for Hope and Safety partnering them with mentors and also the children’s after school program, one has already graduated college and two are currently working on their degrees.”

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