20 Jun 2012

Hotline Advocates Provide Resources for a Survivor: S.T.O.P. in Action in Hawaii

This week, a S.T.O.P. funded shelter and hotline in Hawaii provide a safe haven for a survivor:

JB had called the Women Helping Women (WHW) hotline a number of times in the past to speak with a hotline advocate and had also stayed in the Emergency Shelter to escape her very dangerous abuser.  Each time JB contacted the program, an advocate talked through JB’s options and engaged in safety planning with her.  The last time that JB called the hotline and came to the Emergency Shelter, she did so knowing that it was the best thing she could do for herself and her children. She made up her mind to stay at the shelter and take advantage of all the help that was offered to her.  Advocates talked with her about available resources and JB received financial assistance through the WHW Transitions Program.

JB is now living on her own with her children. She is also attending college and is interested in the field of law because she would like to help others with similar situations.  Shelter staff are certain that but for the hotline, JB would not have known about the Emergency Shelter and the  resources that helped her to move on.

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