Mary came to us two years ago with bruises on her face and a wounded spirit. She had been punched and choked by her spouse. Mary needed help with filing an Order of Protection and obtaining child custody. She also needed to relocate. That meant uprooting the lives of her and her children and starting all over again somewhere new.

Our domestic violence case managers were with Mary through it all: court, a support group, self-defense classes and even while she hunted for a new place to live. Now, several months later, Mary is feeling pretty good. She’s on her own and celebrated Thanksgiving with her kids. She reached back out to us to offer a turkey and fixings so that a current domestic violence victim would have a better holiday.

“So many people helped me when I needed it, and it felt good to give back to someone else,” she said.

Mary is a true success story of a survivor, thanks in part to the services provided by YWCA of Genesee County.

Over the last decade, we have served more than 4,540 victims. We served 700 new people last year alone. Unfortunately, domestic violence isn’t going away any time soon. Please consider a donation to help sustain our Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services program. Our staff helps victims from that first visit to the emergency room or police station to court, social services, job and apartment searches, child care and other assorted needs. Your tax-deductible contribution of $100 will pay for necessities to allow a victim to get a fresh start.

Mary’s real name has been changed, but the violence she endured was all too real and frightening. Please help us to serve even more victims like her, so they in turn can pay it forward to others.

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