October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, during this time, Waypoint holds a number of events through the Gentleman Campaign© in an effort to end domestic violence. These events support Waypoint’s Domestic Violence Victim Services Program (DV), which served 2,843 victims with advocacy and support last fiscal year. These victims were located throughout Waypoint’s seven county service area and spanned all backgrounds, income levels, and ethnicities.
With one in three women experiencing domestic violence within their lifetime, it is very likely that you know someone who has experienced abuse (National Network to End Domestic Violence). Every day, Waypoint’s DV Program works to help victims feel safe and learn about the resources available to overcome the effects of domestic violence.
This is Tessa’s* story:
Tessa was experiencing ongoing abuse from her partner and feared for the safety of her two young children. One day, her abuser assaulted her and proceeded to lock her out of the home they shared. Not knowing where to turn, she reached out to Waypoint for help, and a Victim Advocate assisted her with having him removed from the property and getting the locks changed. Throughout this process, she also received emotional support and guidance to move forward in her life.
Having never previously worked, Tessa had no income to support her family once she was on her own. She soon secured a job, but needed gas to get to and from work to be able to provide for her family and rebuild their lives. Waypoint provided Tessa with gas cards so she could maintain her momentum and continue working. Through this support, she was able to stabilize her finances and keep her job.
Want to help? Check out our Domestic Violence Victim Services volunteer opportunities, give a gift to the DV program, or learn more about the Gentleman Campaign©.
*Name has been changed to protect the confidentiality of the client