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Stories of Hope: The Women's Center

Tina’s Story from The Women's Center.

Tina was paroled to Artemis II from Bristol County House of Correction.  After her parole ended, she stayed in shelter and worked the program through March 2011.  Tina used the skills she had learned in the program to obtain two jobs while living in shelter, reunified with all three of her children with help from the Department of Child & Family (DCF), and moved into her own apartment in the Family Preservation Program, a housing program she accessed through High Point Treatment Center.  She is currently co-facilitating an Anger Management Group at PAACA.  She continues to maintain her sobriety, volunteer in the community, and keeps in contact with us.

After leaving the program, she sent the following note to Artemis II:  “I want to say that I admire the women on your staff and I am grateful for the opportunity to have had them in my life.  You have given me a chance to grow as a woman and be a better mother for my children.  I am living my dream today and it is because of this program and the staff that didn’t give up on me.  You are truly a blessing in my life. I will carry you with me each and every day.  Thinking of you always, Tina.”

 

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"Educating our communities and elected officials about the needs of survivors in our local cities and towns requires year round focus. JDI is our pathway to informing and influencing the state and national agenda to end sexual and domestic violence." ~ Karen Cavanaugh, JDI board member and Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras, pictured here with a JDI delegation meeting with Congressman Niki Tsongas

16 Days of Activism 2012

Starting on Sunday, November 25th, JDI will  participate in an international effort entitled:  16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign.  Each day, we will post information and invite your comments about the roles we can play – collectively and individually – to create a world where everyone lives in safety and enjoys healthy, positive and loving relationships and communities.

JDI holds a core belief that domestic and sexual violence are human rights violations. This philosophy and our analysis help explain that adults and  youth – regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, physical ability or other attribute – experience sexual and domestic violence as  a very personal violation by perpetrators who use violence, threats and other tactics to gain and keep power and control. As an example, up to 70% of women worldwide will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime.   This reality has an impact on all of us at multiple levels.  Our communities and our collective well being are also affected by that abuse. 

Participating in the 16 Days of Violence Campaign reaffirms our commitment to a global human rights agenda that recognizes the only way to prevent domestic and sexual violence is to acknowledgeand address the multiple and intersecting oppressions that undermine an individual’s human rights and dignity.

So get ready and follow us throughout the 16 Days campaign and add your voice to those of all victims and survivors around the world who refuse to be silent. Share your stories and information, post your thoughts, and raise questions. For more information, visit http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/.

In peace,

Mary R. Lauby
Executive Director

 


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