BENEFITING: Y W C A OF THE MOHAWK VALLEY
ORGANIZER: Y W C A OF THE MOHAWK VALLEY
Y W C A OF THE MOHAWK VALLEY wrote -
"I can't leave. I have no where to go."
This is one of the most common statements we hear when someone new to our agency reaches out for help.
Imagine living a horrific nightmare, where at a moment's notice your life can be threatened, your body beaten, or you are imprisoned in your own home - by the person you love the most, the person you trust the most, the person everyone you know sees as "a really great guy."
Domestic Violence doesn't always leave physical bruises or broken bones. As a result, people do not view it as something that should not be happening. So people stay in harmful relationships, hoping things will get better; hoping they will become a better wife or girlfriend, mother, housekeeper, money maker; hoping that the person they love will finally realize the pain their words and actions cause.
Sometimes the person being abused might reach out to a family member - maybe their mom, or sister, or brother- or a friend.
They may confide: He says I'm stupid. I'm fat. I can't cook. I'm a slob. I'm a bad mother. He won't let me have a phone. I can't shop without him. I'm not allowed to go out. I can't see my friends. I can't work. He locks the refrigerator and pantry when he's not home. I have no money to buy milk for the kids. He's never happy with what I do. He yells all the time."
Unfortunately, too often all they hear back is: "But he doesn't hit you. He's a good provider. The kids need a father. make sure the house is clean. Stop spending so much money. That's just how it is."
So without a support network, without any one telling them they are not crazy, they stay. Until one day they can't take it anymore.
And then they call our Hotline.
This is the first step to breaking free.
YWCA Mohawk Valley received nearly 2,400 hotline calls in 2016 alone. Our advocates opened 815 NEW cases. They provided more than 4,000 instances of advocacy and support.
Our emergency shelters and transitional housing provided homes for more than 200 adults and children last year. That means 200 second chances at a life free from violence.
Our agency depends on grants and donations to fund these homes and to provide crisis services.
Whether we are serving someone as an advocate, sitting in court on a Friday afternoon, or listening to a tearful plea for help from someone whispering behind a locked bathroom door of their home, or responding to a 2 a.m. hotline call at a hospital, it's donations and grants that enables us to help others.
Be a part of our team. Your donation will directly help us provide someone with the crisis services they seek.
Together we can and will change lives.