to survivors of trauma.
Womankind is a big name built on big ideas.
We started out very small, but our dreams were anything but. The founders envisioned helping women rise above violence and move beyond trauma. And we have been working to make those dreams a reality. Collectively, Womankind strives towards reducing inequality and inequity in our society—the underpinnings of violence. But, there is still a ways to go.
The police referred me to the Womankind after my husband was arrested for beating me. I was so scared to be on my own at first and thought about returning to him. But my counselor at Womankind taught me that I can take care of myself. I have a job and my own apartment now. And I am paying for English classes with money from my own bank account!
I did not call the helpline at first because I was scared that I would have to leave my home. But when the abuse got worse, I called and talked to a counselor. My counselor helped me overcome my fears. She also helped me get legal services so that I could apply for my own visa, get an order of protection against my husband, and eventually a divorce. My children and I were able to stay in our home, near our friends and their school, and thanks to Womankind I have found a job to support us.
When I first came to Womankind, I did not understand what had happened to me. The abuse started so gradually, I did not realize how bad it had become. I never thought it could happen to me, and since we weren't married I did not know if it would be considered domestic violence. Talking to my counselor about the violence helped me see it for what it was.