Helping Hearts: Join PADV in Our Mission to End the Crime of Intimate Partner Violence

PADV has two shelters for survivors of domestic violence with a total of 90 beds. Each year our shelters provide a safe haven to more than 600 women, children and men. The people who live in our shelters are there to escape the violence in their own homes. In our shelters, we provide the time that is needed for survivors to heal from all the trauma they have experienced, reconnect with family and decide their next steps. PADV's shelter services are special because they're designed to help clients heal from the abuse they have endured, remember who they are underneath the emotional and physical scars, find their voice and become their authentic-self without fear of retribution.

One PADV employee who works closely with survivors living in our shelters is Katha Blackwell, Vice President of Shelter Services and Supportive Housing. Katha has seen many survivors who come to the shelter broken, but encouraged by PADV's support.

"We see clients redeveloping a new relationship with peace. A lot of the clients have been in an abusive relationship so long they have forgotten what it is like to have ongoing peace in their life," says Katha. "You will see clients recognizing the emotional roller coaster that comes with getting out of a domestic violence relationship and hear them say, "Since coming to PADV, this is the first time I have actually been able to sleep through the night in years."

Katha believes that the community needs to know that our shelters provide the best kind of trauma-informed care to enable our clients to find their voice and heal from domestic violence. A prime example is one of Katha’s favorite clients.

"One of my favorite clients is "Autumn." Autumn had been in one bad relationship after another, so when she came to us with her three children she didn't know what to do next. She also had a history of substance abuse. As we provided her with resources to address her substance abuse, we also connected her with a job training opportunity that provided her with a paid internship. That training led to her getting a full-time job as a preschool teacher. This caused a domino effect which allowed her to get placed into a housing program where she paid a portion of her rent. While in our program, Autumn did start dating someone. When she would tell me about the new relationship I remember telling her that she needs to always remember that she and her children are to be treated as a gift that is precious and valuable. And to set boundaries early in the relationship so he will know what is acceptable and what is not."

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we hope that you will join us in our mission to end the crime of intimate partner violence. If you are moved to help our shelter survivors, we encourage you to join Helping Hearts, our monthly giving program that will expand PADV's resources so we can meet the growing needs of those we serve.

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