A former volunteer shares her Retreat story:
Abuse is an insidious and pervasive problem that affects countless lives in our community.
It’s crucial that we understand that abuse knows no boundaries-it affects people of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. No one is immune, and it is happening right here, in our very own community.
A perfect example of that happened one day when I was volunteering in The Retreat’s office. Someone from my social circle rang the doorbell for an appointment with one of our counselors. I had no idea she was in an abusive relationship. You never know what is happening in the homes and relationships of our friends and peers. She seemed ashamed that someone she knew recognized her so I acted like I didn’t know her.
However, I now know she was there to come up with a safety plan for herself and her children to get out of her abusive relationship.
I have never spoken to her about this incident since we have very strict confidentiality rules at The Retreat, but I am happy to report that she divorced her husband and is currently thriving in a loving, healthy relationship. Her children are happy, safe and well-adjusted. This is due to the support of the staff at The Retreat.
Abuse is not just physical. Like my friend’s experience, it can be emotional, psychological and financial. It leaves scars that are not always visible. The cycle of abuse can be relentless, trapping victims in a cycle of fear and hopelessness.
But that is where The Retreat comes in!
By raising awareness, offering support, and advocating for change, we can create a safer and more compassionate community where everyone can thrive without fear. Let us stand together, united against abuse, and work towards building a brighter future for all.