EVENT: The NO MORE Challenge
Jamie's Story: Isolated by an abusive husband, beaten, no telephone or television, he drove her to work, picked her up, rarely allowed her privacy, even in the bathroom. Jamie is a survivor, but she lived with the ugliness. The man she married, the man who was the father to her daughter, grew vicious and mean. She was just a kick or punch away from becoming a statistic. The turning point came when her daughter was 3 years old. Her husband returned home from work at 10:30pm, drunk. He demanded they all go to a restaurant to eat. With Jamie behind the wheel, they obeyed. The child was exhausted and began crying and would not stop. Her drunken father picked her up by the arm and threw her into the car in the parking lot. Jamie grabbed her daughter and began plotting their escape. The next day, she waited until her husband went to work, she took her child and a bag, and dashed into a taxi and drove off to the Domestic Violence shelter. She never looked back. "Why would I let this happen?" she asked. "It's embarrassing. It's hard to ask for help". Her personality, her very sense of being, had been stolen f rom her. "It took a long time for me to stop thinking about it", she said. "I saw myself black and blue all of the time".
Utilizing the services offered by DVI of Lebanon County, Jamie and her daughter were able to have hope of a safe and happy life again. Jamie was able to find a job as a teacher's aide and began working in earnest to see her life as a glass half full.
The vision of Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, Inc. (DVI) is "To create safety and seek justice for victims of domestic violence and their families."
It is our goal to provide support, sanctuary and assistance to all victims of violence in the communities of Lebanon County. We consider it our mission to unite and educate the residents of these communities by advocating for justice and creating safety for all victims and their families so they may live free from abuse.
DVI not only provides shelter for victims of domestic violence, we also provide counseling, transitional housing, victim advocacy, children's programs, and in school programs.
Your donation will help provide our services to people like Jamie and her daughter. Your donation is your way of saying "NO MORE!".