Back at her office at Reno's Safe Embrace, executive director Adrienne Monroe told us how she just rescued a scared mom, hiding in a motel from her boyfriend. "There was a lot of physical battery going on and she was threatening to leave the relationship. And she was the only one who had a job, so when she was working, he would threaten to take the child and never come back."
Adrienne has too many stories like that. On her wall, there are drawings from others who experienced the pain, and recovered. One was drawn by a 16-year old boy who was in an abusive family situation, and was asked to draw his emotions. It's a nightmarish image.
They draw for therapy. Besides that, they need a place to stay. But as Adrienne told us, "Our shelter is always full. We have a waiting list of anywhere from 10, 15, 20 people at all times."
Safe Embrace works out of a drafty, bare bones office. That shelter of theirs is closed now…a sprinkler burst and there's no hot water. They need $5,000 to reopen it. They don't have the money.
Over at Reno's Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, Judy Henderson had to move into a smaller office for lack of funds. At the same time, in her 7 years here, she feels domestic violence in Nevada has been increasing, and the state already has a sad legacy: by percentage, more women die from domestic violence in Nevada than in any other state in the country…a ranking we've had for 5 of the last 6 years.
As Judy told us, "As more people begin to reach out for services, there are some programs around the state that have just volunteers, and no paid staff."
Judy goes to high schools, talking to students…and works to get brochures and booklets into the hands of those who need it most. Back at Safe Embrace, they do what they can for little cost, like holding yoga classes in their office to relax victims.
With so many victims out there who feel like they don't have a voice, they have to speak for them. As Adrienne told us, "We need to get out here as a community and come together in one voice and say that we are tired of domestic violence and what it's doing to our families."
-written by John Potter
Both Safe Embrace and the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence can obviously use a lot of help, either from donations or volunteer work. You can do both from these links:
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