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Karen’s Story

On September 11, 2008, I put what I could in my car, along with my daughter, and drove away from my marriage.  The relationship was an abusive one, but I did not know that at the time.

I was trying so hard to fix what I was being told was my fault that my life was literally upside-down.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next but, what I did know was that, if I stayed at the house one minute longer, I was undoubtedly risking my life and my daughter’s life.

Somehow I managed to escape from that place, and I found myself at SafeNet.  I was taught that physical and mental abuse is inflicted in order to control another person by fear.  I was victim of domestic abuse.

SafeNet is a place where victims and their children seek safety from abuse.  My son and I are clients of the non-residential program.  I receive individual counseling and my son and I also attend support group.  We’ve become empowered from this counseling.  SafeNet has helped me understand that survivors can heal and plan for their future.  I was connected with the resources that I needed to start a new life.

Since receiving support, education and advocacy from SafeNet, I am proud to say that my daughter and I are learning about the type of life we want to live and we are doing well.  We have our own apartment.  I have gone back to school for my Master’s Degree and we are much safer than we once were.  Without SafeNet, I do not know where we would be right now.  This program has saved lives and continues to save us every single day.  This is not an exaggeration, it is the truth.           SafeNet has helped me break the cycle of abuse and my daughter how has a bright and safe future because of it!   We are a family saved by SafeNet.

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