Community for women and children escaping abuse

Growing up, I had to watch my mother be beaten and berated by my father everyday. I always wished we had somewhere to escape, somewhere he couldn’t get to us. I had to sit back while he smacked her around, stole her money and forced her to have kids she didn’t want to so he could milk the government for SNAP and other aid. I have a distinct memory where my mom took me and my siblings-all 7 of her kids- and we stayed at a women and children’s home. It was the safest I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I had food to eat every night, clean clothes and my mom seemed happy. She wasn’t walking on eggshells or sobbing out of nowhere. I wanted to stay there forever. We stayed for about a month and then we went back to my father. He never hit her after that day and he quit drinking, but I always wonder what it would be like to have stayed there. To have escaped him forever. I want to give abused women and children a chance to rid themselves permanently of their tormenters. I’m making this gofundme in hopes of creating a community that houses families escaping abuse. It would be a safe haven. It would be set up to imitate a neighbor. So these families can form healthy bonds and heal with others. Maybe a community like this would help victims commit to cutting ties with their abusers. They say it takes 7 times before someone who is abused can finally make the decision to leave. Imagine how much easier it would be when you’re surrounded by people who are in similar situations, the encouragement, the advice, the system of accountability. It could really help.
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