When A Woman's Place
(AWP) was fortunate enough to open an Outreach office in Lower Bucks County, Sue* was one of the first clients that sought services.
A hardworking nurse with eight children in their late teens and early twenties, Sue
children had endured years and years of extreme abuse at the hands of her
husband, their father.
had one daughter living at home
had recently left the relationship, vowing never to go back to the abuser who had caused her
children such pain.
She met with an individual counselor, joined a support group, and eventually felt safe and strong enough to volunteer for AWP, giving back to the organization that had supported her quest for sanctuary and helping others in desperate need.
kept that vow.
Years after seeking services from AWP
This time, she
was looking for someone to support her
Joan, now a mother of a one-year old daughter, was married to an abusive partner.
was holding out hope that he
would change but suffering from extreme depression as a result of the abuse.
had little will to move forward in her
sporadically sought counseling through AWP
and ended her
relationship, but then found herself in another abusive relationship because she
was not emotionally in the place to recognize the red flags.
When that relationship became physically abusive, Joan finally realized it would not stop, took her
daughter, and left.
Your contribution today is a response to both the call for a stronger AWP and the cry of Sue
, Joan, Joan's daughter, and the families plagued by violence that can reverberate through generations.