Fleeing Domestic Violence!!

Hi everyone,

I know you get a lot of emails and requests for money every day. The reason I’m posting this is to help a friend of mine who is currently in a highly abusive situation and would like to get out. She can’t post this herself because if her abuser finds out, her life is in serious danger. So, as her friend, I knew the least I could do would be to share her story and her plea for money. The story below is somewhat sparse on specific details to protect her identity. That said, it IS a genuine story from a dear friend and someone who I would love to know has safely extricated herself from a harmful situation. So, I’m asking you to spare a few minutes of your day and a few (or more!) dollars from your wallet to help her out. She deserves the opportunity to restart her life away from this man.

~Lisa

Her story:
I'm a victim of domestic violence, and I’ve learned there’s nowhere to turn. With your help, I can avoid being a casualty.
Like most women, I never thought I would be here. Yet I am, living with physical, emotional and sexual abuse, worrying if each day will be my last.

It started slowly. The first time he hit me, I wrote it off as a mistake. The next time, I blamed myself. Then, I declared it would be the “last time.” It wasn’t. After a while, I stopped bothering to make excuses. The abuse started to feel normal. Recently, things have gotten worse, bad enough that I realize I need to run or I will die this way.

This campaign is to help me get the resources I need to leave quickly and safely, with a goal of raising funds by October 3, 2014.

Basic Facts:
1 in 3 women experiences domestic violence during her lifetime.

Each day, 4 women die as a result of abuse.

A woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the United States.

35% of all emergency room calls are a result of domestic violence (the leading cause of injury to women in the United States).

In the United States, a woman is more likely to be assaulted, raped, or killed by an intimate partner than by any other type of assailant.

What I need:
My safe exit requires $4,000:
$3,000 - security deposit, first, and last month’s rent for a room in a shared house or apartment.
$500 - moving expenses.
$500 - emergency miscellaneous costs

Other Ways To Help:
I understand that not everyone has financial resources to donate right now, or to donate much. Every bit really helps. You also all have social networks. Even if you cannot donate yourself, please do the favor of sharing this campaign with others who you know and raising awareness.

Useful Links:
http://www.joinonelove.org/
http://www.domesticpeace.com/ed_nationalstats.html
http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet(National).pdf
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Organizer

Lisa Danish 
Organizer
Tampa, FL
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