This is a joyous time of year for most of us but for those living in an abusive home or are struggling because they had the courage to leave their abuser and it hurt them financially, it can be very difficult to feel joy. Victims often feel so isolated, alone and hopeless.
At Our Sister’s Place, we try very hard to help our clients through the holidays by providing gifts for the children, gift cards for the survivors, food, and a refuge that empowers them and helps them to feel they are part of the community. We are available 24/7 for other services and are committed to our mission.
Community and friendship is everything to those who are rebuilding their lives. It is a long road often full of barriers and roadblocks. Our commitment is to help them through those pitfalls and lift them up, encourage them and embrace their struggles as our own because indeed they really are!
We are all touched by domestic violence – we don’t often feel that way – but we truly are. Our employer, our children’s teacher, our pastor’s wife, our doctor, our nurse, our attorney, our mayor, our neighbor, our friend, etc. etc. could all be in abusive relationships that actually affect our well-being and that of our families, every day. Domestic violence crosses all social, economic, sexual orientation, race and cultural lines.
Economic abuse is a barrier to escaping domestic violence; especially during the holidays. Did you know:
· 94-99 % of domestic violence survivors also experienced economic abuse?
· Nearly 8 million days of paid work each year is lost to domestic violence issues-the equivalent of more than 32,000 full time jobs?
· 57% of cities found that domestic violence against women and children is the top cause of homelessness?
· Intimate partner violence is estimated to cost the U.S. economy between $5.8 billion to $12.6 billion annually up to 0.125% of the national gross domestic product?
· Between 21-60% of victims of domestic violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse?
We are a community that cares about others – please, think about those we help during the holidays and those that who will need our help in the new year. Let our resolution for 2019 be to give more, volunteer and support Our Sister’s Place.
I wish everyone a Happy Holiday, Love, Peace At Home and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!