This story is real but all names are changed to protect client privacy
This is the story of Isabel, an abused wife like far too many others. The day she came to the Family Violence Center, Isabel just wanted information. After speaking with the case manager, Isabel revealed that she wanted to leave her husband. But since she is undocumented, he had convinced her that she had no options. As the conversation continued, it became clear that Isabel truly was a survivor of domestic violence.
Her husband had physically harmed her for not following his directions, she had been called many derogatory names in front of her children, and he routinely threatened to take the children if she ever decided to leave. Yet somehow, Isabel never believed she was being victimized.
Together, Isabel and her case manager created a plan which took months to execute. The plan included retrieving important documents from her home, speaking with her children’s schools, and preparing her children. When Isabel and her children finally left, many of the things they needed were already secured away from the home. Isabel applied for independent safe housing, which she received, and found a better paying job.
She and her case manager continued to work on safety planning, divorce, child custody, self-empowerment, and planning for the future. NAM was also able to provide necessities such as furniture and housewares from NAM Resale, food from the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center, and toiletries. She also received a free Ring security system to help monitor her new home.
Today, if you saw Isabel, you would see a slightly different woman. She stands a bit taller and has a definite air of confidence about her. She feels happy, and most importantly, she feels safe.
NAM needs your help to continue protecting the vulnerable like Isabel. To honor NAM's 40th anniversary and support our Family Violence Center, our #40for40 campaign is hoping to raise at least $40 from supporters like you.
Many have nowhere to turn but to NAM and we cannot continue without your help. Please bless NAM and our neighbors in need, with your $40 contribution now. If not NAM then who?