What is the impact of shelter case managers collaborating with other agencies?
The impact of working collaboratively within agencies is something we are privileged to see at South Valley Sanctuary each day. We know that we need help in providing all the services victims of domestic violence need and we are grateful to all our great partnering agencies.
Today we wanted to highlight the essential role each police victim advocate plays in supporting people victimized by domestic violence. Please read the letter below written by a former resident in our shelter:
When I met him I thought he was the perfect guy for me. We moved in together, we were very happy for 4 years but it changed at the time I gave birth our second daughter. ..
I thought I was living a nightmare. He made fun of me when I was not working, and when I was working he forced me to quit any employment I had. He did not provide for the family, I was not able to make decisions on my own because I was afraid of his threats…
He started getting aggressive toward our daughters, ages 4 and 1.
In one occasion he came home intoxicated and demanded me to have sex in front of our daughters. I refused and he got very mad…
I could not take it anymore and I got the courage to file for a protective order. I was so afraid of him, I left home with no food or money, but I had my precious daughters with me. Right after I left home without knowing where I will go I received a call from a Police Victim Advocate that was checking how I was doing… She referred me to a safe place. I moved to South Valley Sanctuary where I met my case manager who helped me a lot! I’m very grateful for everything she has done for our family! I’m grateful for the victim advocate who referred me here. I felt safe and protected at South Valley Sanctuary all the staff was very nice.
The support and help I received in shelter helped me to realize that I can move on toward a better future for me and my daughters. Even while the healing process takes time I will never give up!
I thank you with all my heart.