Mental Health Therapy Groups

Mental health therapy can be key to helping a survivor heal from the emotional and often traumatizing effects of domestic violence. For many survivors, it is a crucial piece of recovery.

For many years, LifeWire has offered individual mental health therapy to survivors and their children as part of our advocacy services. And starting last year, LifeWire began to offer therapy groups in addition to individual support.

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What I’m Grateful For – Annette, a LifeWire Survivor

It’s hard to believe that my boys and I spent last Thanksgiving homeless. We were living in a warehouse with no food, no water and no kitchen. Instead of enjoying a home-cooked holiday meal together, we were wondering where our next meal would come from and praying my boys’ abusive father wouldn’t find us.

But because of you, this Thanksgiving is different. This Thanksgiving, we’ll enjoy a home-cooked meal in our very own home for the first time in many years.

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Empowering Immigrant Survivors

After reporting a physical assault by her longtime husband and father of her children, a local woman and her three children were connected with LifeWire through the police.

The mother shared with her advocate at LifeWire that she had not left before because she was afraid she would be deported and have her children taken away, despite the fact that she had been married to a U.S. citizen for over 10 years.

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Hope and Power

Last Friday, 13 women gathered in LifeWire’s Large Conference Room – each one beaming with pride. It was Hope and Power graduation day.

Hope and Power – a 10-week course aimed at helping survivors of domestic violence rebuild from financial abuse and gain important skills to reach financial stability – was developed by the YWCA. This year, the course was offered to LifeWire participants.

Financial abuse is a significant part of survivors’ experiences with domestic violence. It occurs in 98% of abusive relationships, yet its effects on survivors’ safety and well-being often remain hidden.

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International Women’s Day: LifeWire’s Icons

Today, we celebrate women.

The thousands of women who have the courage to come to us each year in the hopes of building safer and more fulfilling lives for themselves and their children.

The women who, 35 years ago, allied together with local leaders to fight against injustice and start the organization we now know as LifeWire.

We come together today – on International Women’s Day – to celebrate the women who have shaped our lives and whose paths to greatness have guided our own.

In honor of International Women’s Day, LifeWire staff members were asked to nominate our own personal icons – women leaders who inspire and motivate us with their words and their stories.

Here are the four who rose to the top.

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