From Our Participants

The following letters are actual stories, 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

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

Amy

After leaving emergency shelter, Amy and her daughter entered The Shelter’s ...

Angie

This was the first time that I was ever in a shelter. I was amazed at how much ...

Cynthia

God bless you all for the love you gave my son and I. Also the comfort, peace ...

Destiny

At 22, Destiny* found her way to The Shelter seeking safety after many years of ...

Ellen

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

Janice

It was a story book romance. Janice’s prince swept her off her feet, shower...

Jaxx

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

Jennifer

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

Joseph

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

Kathryn

My cats and I had no place to go and no place to call home after being rescued ...

Lorena

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

Matt

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

Nikko

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

Paige

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

Phillipe

After many years of witnessing his father abuse his mother, 18-year-old ...

Sandy

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

Sarah

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

Susan

While talking with her advocate in emergency shelter, Susan, a survivor of ...