Salma was tired, terrified and feeling hopeless when she arrived at our domestic violence shelter. And she was very angry, too. She had reported her abuser to the police but he retaliated by filing a restraining order against her.
Salma was already struggling with homelessness and occasional drug use — encouraged by her abuser. The legal action against her triggered the removal of her daughter, Sofia, from her care. Salma feared she would never again be allowed to care for Sofia.
Thanks to your generous support, a team of caring advocates was ready to help Salma find permanent safety and reunite with Sofia.
Your support provided Salma with safe shelter, legal advocacy, connections to housing programs, referrals to credit counseling, legal aid, parenting resources, and so much more!
Attending court hearings while also working was very stressful for Salma. She was thankful for the support of her advocates to help her through. She was especially grateful to have someone by her side in court every day until the restraining order was finally dropped.
Today, Salma is free of the abusive relationship, has a stable home, and lives drug-free. Most important to Salma, she and Sofia are back together again.
Thank you for giving Salma and Sofia — and so many other survivors of violence — a safe future together!