Join LifeWire’s Prevention and Youth Advocates from 6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, for an engaging and interactive virtual training on dating and domestic violence. The training is free and open to young people (ages 14-24), parents, and adults who work with young people. Each participant will need their own device.
Registration is closed. To learn more about how you can help young people in your life, visit our Helping Young People page. If you are a young person wondering if what you’re experiencing is dating violence, visit our Help for Teens page.
LifeWire stands against the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Manuel Ellis, as well as the countless others killed by police and perpetuated by systemic racial inequality in the United States. For over 400 years, Black and Brown mothers, fathers, children, brothers, and sisters have been victimized by inequity built into the very foundation of many American institutions.
As a DV organization, LifeWire knows that Black people have a disproportionate experience of violence across our communities. A staggering forty percent of Black women will face domestic violence in their lifetimes. They’re also two and a half times more likely to be murdered by men than their white counterparts.
Andrea connected with LifeWire last year through our partnership with Open Arms Perinatal Services. Her partner had physically abused her throughout the first two trimesters of her pregnancy and began beating her again shortly after giving birth.
Andrea wanted to leave, but she needed somewhere to go. LifeWire connected Andrea with a local shelter. The temporary housing gave her time to find a place to stay with friends. Andrea agreed to cook, clean, and take care of their kids in exchange for room and board.
Things were going well for Andrea and her two kids until the COVID-19 crisis. The family Andrea lived with suffered a big financial setback when one parent lost a job and the other lost hours. They asked Andrea and her kids to leave, but Andrea didn’t have any place to go.
“Ana” fled her abuser and found help at LifeWire 10 months ago. LifeWire helped her find safety and housing and covered the first few months’ rent until she found a stable job.
When Ana’s employer closed in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, Ana feared eviction would leave her homeless with a newborn. Her abusive partner said he could pay, so Ana made the difficult decision to allow him back in (before the state stayed evictions.
He is extremely controlling and abusive. Ana can only contact her legal advocate by email while he is asleep. Ana and her advocate hope she’ll soon get a protection order and appear in court by phone.
Survivors like Ana need your support to ensure they have access to legal and housing resources they need to live safer lives. Show your support today and give the gift of safety.
Our helpline is staffed 24/7, but not everyone can safely make the call.
“Beth” was worried about her safety. Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order reduced her chance of catching or spreading COVID-19, but it left her vulnerable to other dangers.
Her husband lost hours at work, which meant a smaller paycheck and more time trapped at home with him. While he never hurt her physically, the emotional abuse grew by the day, scaring Beth and their young daughter.
In her brief moments alone, Beth reached out to LifeWire via email. Working with an advocate only through email, Beth put together a safety plan and came up with ways to keep her and her daughter safer.
Become a lifeline for survivors like Beth now when they need it most and give today.