LifeWire https://www.lifewire.org Together Against Domestic Violence Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:38:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 https://www.lifewire.org/1402-2/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:00:24 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1402 There are no jobs available at this time.

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Hope and Power https://www.lifewire.org/hope-and-power/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:22:57 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1880 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 […]

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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.

The women who attended Hope and Power all experienced financial abuse at the hands of their intimate partners. Some had their credit destroyed, others had their checks confiscated each month and some had never been allowed to manage their own money.

For 10 weeks, the class listened to guest speakers from reputable financial institutions and partner organizations, and learned how to build budgets, safety plan around finances, file taxes, save money and rebuild credit.

At the end of their final class, each woman shared her experience and final thoughts:

“This class allowed me to have a voice and get involved in finances in a way I didn’t know how to before. Since the first day in class, I’ve been tracking every penny I spend, and I will continue to.”

“Thanks to this course, I found the strength and courage to start advocating for myself.”

“Before I took this course, I felt so much shame for the struggles I’ve been through. I was feeling so controlled when it came to money. But every new assignment helped me get one step closer to my goals.”

LifeWire is excited to continue our partnership with the YWCA to offer Hope and Power to more survivors in the coming years.

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Domestic Violence and Immigration https://www.lifewire.org/domestic-violence-immigration/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:13:12 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1877 Imagine you are Maria. After years of being abused by your husband, you finally found the opportunity to leave. On your way to your very first support group at LifeWire, you look over to the car next to you. All of a sudden a woman starts screaming at you, “Do you even speak English? Go […]

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Imagine you are Maria.

After years of being abused by your husband, you finally found the opportunity to leave. On your way to your very first support group at LifeWire, you look over to the car next to you. All of a sudden a woman starts screaming at you, “Do you even speak English? Go back to where you came from.”

Imagine you are Maryam.

You and your 9-year-old daughter are both fully-veiled practicing Muslims. The verbal threats you receive each time you take public transit have become too much to bear. Instead of coming to LifeWire to meet with your advocate and pick-up food for yourself and your child, you stay home instead.

Imagine you are Nadia.

The man you married back home in Eastern Europe forced you to move to the U.S. on a visa when your boys were just babies. When his violence and abuse became too much for you to take, you left him. He went back home, leaving you stranded with your two sons, no documentation and no money. Now, your oldest son works full-time at a local drugstore under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to support you and your younger son, whose disabilities require around the clock care.

Maria, Maryam and Nadia are all immigrants. They are all survivors of domestic violence.

Their stories are unique, but they are representative of the barriers many immigrant survivors of domestic violence face: isolation, cultural and language barriers and – if undocumented – fear of deportation or separation from their children. Like many immigrant survivors, these women came to the U.S. because their abusive partners coerced them here with threats and intimidation or with promises of citizenship.

Recently, a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment and policy changes have spread the threats to immigrant survivors’ safety beyond their homes. Protections afforded to these survivors and their children are being rolled back almost daily.

Across Washington State:

  • 65% of domestic violence advocates report an increase in requests for immigration related help;
  • 73% said that survivors have expressed increased concerns about contacting police for help due to immigration concerns;
  • 81% report survivors have expressed concerns about going to court for a matter related to domestic violence due to immigration concerns; and
  • 45% report survivors have conveyed they want to drop either a civil matter or criminal case because they fear continuing contact with the court because of immigration concerns.

Survivors of domestic violence have already faced more barriers and greater trauma than most of us can even imagine. When compounded by fears of how they will be treated because of their immigration status, yet another barrier is placed between them and LifeWire’s vision: a world where every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.

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LifeWire Joins 1150 AM KKNW Financial Fitness NW’s Team https://www.lifewire.org/lifewire-special-guest-kknw-1150-financial-fitness-nw/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:57:50 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1864 1150 AM KKNW | Financial Fitness NW Patricia Johnson and Sarah Riley On Thursday, July 27, LifeWire’s Executive Director, Rachel Krinsky, and Communications & Events Specialist, Samantha Tripoli, joined co-hosts Patricia Johnson and Sarah Riley of the Financial Fitness NW radio talk-show on 1150 AM KKNW. Together, we discussed the impact of domestic violence and […]

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1150 AM KKNW | Financial Fitness NW
Patricia Johnson and Sarah Riley

On Thursday, July 27, LifeWire’s Executive Director, Rachel Krinsky, and Communications & Events Specialist, Samantha Tripoli, joined co-hosts Patricia Johnson and Sarah Riley of the Financial Fitness NW radio talk-show on 1150 AM KKNW. Together, we discussed the impact of domestic violence and the ways in which LifeWire supports survivors and children across our community.

Listen to the full interview here →

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Become a Hope Starts Here Breakfast Table Captain! https://www.lifewire.org/table-captain/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:35:50 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1836 Thank you for your interest in joining us as a Hope Starts Here Breakfast Table Captain! The Hope Starts Here Breakfast is LifeWire’s annual free fundraising breakfast. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring together community members, leaders, friends, family and co-workers who want to learn about our work and support our mission. It’s an inspiring […]

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Thank you for your interest in joining us as a Hope Starts Here Breakfast Table Captain!

The Hope Starts Here Breakfast is LifeWire’s annual free fundraising breakfast. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring together community members, leaders, friends, family and co-workers who want to learn about our work and support our mission. It’s an inspiring event! There is no cost to attend. At the end of the breakfast, guests will be asked to make a gift or pledge to LifeWire.

Table Captains commit to filling a table of 10. Through these individual efforts, we hope to have 500 guests join us to raise more than $250,000 at the event!

If you would like to volunteer as a Hope Starts Here Table Captain, please fill in the form below or email Samantha. In late July, we will send you a Table Captain packet including printed and/or electronic Save the Date invitations for you to personalize, as well as detailed instructions.

Table Captain Responsibilities

  • Put the date and time of the event – Friday, September 22 at 7:00 a.m. – on your calendar and be there!
  • Fill a table of 10 by inviting and confirming nine guests to join you. LifeWire will provide Save the Date cards, email and hard copy invitation, scripts and timelines for you.
  • Turn in your completed guest list, including contact information and dietary restrictions, no later than Wednesday, September 13.
  • Arrive at Meydenbauer Center no later than 7:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22 to register, pick up your Table Captain packet and greet your guests. Go immediately to your table so your guests will find you there when they arrive.
  • Enjoy the event!
  • Pass out the pledge cards, pens and envelopes when instructed to do so – but not before. Fill out your pledge card (even if you just write us a note) to set an example for your guests.
  • Collect all pledge cards and place them in the teal envelope. Turn in your teal envelope to the LifeWire staff members at the door on your way out of the room.

Please fill in and submit the form below if you’re interested in joining us as a Table Captain!

 

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