From Our Participants

The following accounts are actual stories, videos, emails and written notes from program participants at The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. These personal and heartfelt messages embrace The Shelter’s mission to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence.

*Due to confidentiality, many of the photos are not the actual survivors, but models representative of the survivors.

Alex

Alex - I am a survivor of domestic violence and that was only possible because ...

Amal

Amal - In 2009, Amal’s husband grabbed and dragged her alongside his car ...

Amy

Amy - After leaving emergency shelter, Amy and her daughter entered The ...

Angie

Angie - This was the first time that I was ever in a shelter. I was amazed at ...

Cynthia

Cynthia - God bless you all for the love you gave my son and I. Also the ...

Destiny

Destiny - At 22, Destiny* found her way to The Shelter seeking safety after ...

Ellen

Ellen - Confronted by the jagged glass edges of the broken quart bottle in her ...

Janice

Janice - It was a story book romance. Janice’s prince swept her off her ...

Jaxx

Jaxx - Janet returned to The Shelter after 12 years, bringing her teenage ...

Jennifer

Jennifer - “I wish to thank you all by name! I would just like to say a huge ...

Jose

- Jose did not speak when he came to The Shelter for Abused Women & ...

Joseph

Joseph - Twelve-year-old Joseph came to The Shelter for counseling after many ...

Kathryn

Kathryn - My cats and I had no place to go and no place to call home after ...

Lorena

Lorena - I would like to thank you all for your help, your love, advice and ...

Matthew

Matthew - Fifteen-year-old Matt received services at The Shelter’s Immokalee ...

Nikko

Nikko - When nine-year-old Nikko first attended counseling at The Shelter, he ...

Paige

Paige - "I want to thank you for dedicating your time to explain to us what a ...

Phillipe

Phillipe - After many years of witnessing his father abuse his mother, ...

Sandy

Sandy - Driving through the front gates of The Shelter, Sandy, a human ...

Sarah

Sarah - Eight years into an abusive marriage, Sarah’s husband called her ...