Words of a Survivor
"I am donating this money on behalf of my mom. You helped her so much and for that I am incredibly grateful. Keep up the great work and thank you again so much.
"Thank you so much for the wonderful gift you’ve given me, my life and my future. No woman ever dreams of ending up needing that kind of helping hand. I wasn’t completely lost to the control and confusion of the domestic violence, I merely needed hope. Thank you so much for gently nudging me in the direction of self-respect and self-preservation."
"If it weren’t for you and this wonderful program, who knows where we’d be. Thank you."
"My gratitude is deeply felt and difficult to express. DSVS has given me my life. I am forever indebted to the organization."
"People that knew Bob knew that something was going on, now even his parents agree. When I found out I was pregnant, he told me everything was going to be OK. I desperately wanted to go back to him, only I knew the abuse wouldn’t stop. The lethality factors you showed me terrified me when I thought of him being left alone with our child. The littlest things would make him erupt with rage. I couldn’t expose my child to that. I could never forgive myself. Thanks to you I have a healthy two month old baby girl. She is the love of my life. It’s amazing, I’ve never loved anyone with the passionate intensity that I love her. The void I had inside that allowed Bob to come into my life and so easily destroy it is no longer there."
"You have helped my daughter and me all year long. Thank you so much for your love, support and all that you do. The help you’ve given us this year has been a blessing for us. I can’t say enough for all you do! Thank you!"
"I don’t think I can ever express the amount of genuine gratitude I have for you, my saviors. With the way things were going, I was going to end up dead. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending me home to people who love me and helping me get out of my dangerous relationship. I only hope that one day I can fulfill your role as guardian angels for someone in need. I owe you my life."
"I really could not accept what was happening to me in terms of the abuse. It just (wasn’t supposed to) happen to women of my age or my education and abusers just did not look like my boyfriend, but there it was."