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Survivor Spotlight: Tiffany’s Story

Post Series: Survivor Spotlight

Image result for woman children sadTiffany arrived early in the morning at the Department of Human Services (DHS), after driving for more than a day with her children in the car, because she was told it was her only option to get into a safe home/shelter after fleeing her abuser.

Tiffany and her family had reached the end of their stay at a 30-day shelter. Her abuser had located her several times over the past months,  and the police were unsure what to do to keep her safe. She was told by a Detective and Domestic Violence Advocate that they had run out options; her advocates recommended they leave the state.

Tiffany was scared – she had run away before, and the abuser had found her. What would she do if he found her and her children again? So, she drove until she couldn’t drive anymore and found herself sitting at the Providence DHS office.

Tiffany, overwhelmed by the long drive and her situation, sat crying with the advocate for more than six hours trying to find a shelter with beds for her and her children. The DHS called Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey to no avail. The family was tired, hungry, and felt hopeless. The advocate ordered pizza for the children and continued to make calls; something had to help this family.

Running out of options, the advocate decided to contact the Women’s Resource Center’s (WRC) Executive Director for help. By the end of the day, Tiffany was on her way to a safe place for her and her children. Thanks to WRC, she found herself in more permanent housing within days.

Tiffany and her children are finally stable. They have beds, clean clothes, are enrolled in school, and have a safe place to live. And, most importantly, they are finally far away from abuse and fear.