People stay in dangerous, violent relationships for a variety of reasons.
They may lack the economic means to live independently of their perpetrator or they may be vulnerable to emotional manipulation by them, or believe their perpetrator wields legal control over them.
Sometimes, a victim stays because she believe it is best for her children.
Whatever the reason, victims feel powerless to break the cycle of violence in their lives. Peace House support services are designed to empower a victim to leave an abusive situation and not return to it or enter into another that is equally abusive.
Breaking the Cycle of Violence
For most victims, victimization is a pattern of behavior they must unlearn and replace with healthier behaviors. Peace House case workers help victims understand this, and realize abuse does not have to be a part of their lives.
Peace House case workers help clients develop a personalized plan for moving from where they are to where they want to be in their domestic life. Peace House provides many resources to help clients with this, including support groups, parenting classes, safety planning and domestic violence education.
We connect victims with the resources they need to implement a personal plan. Resources may include government agencies and other nonprofits that can provide them with legal, medical, housing, transportation, financial and other services necessary for them to start their lives anew.
Peace House also helps clients navigate and access available government programs, like the courts, police, social services, workforce services, housing agencies and others. Without Peace House, many victims seeking a way out of the cycle of violence would lack the knowledge and confidence to take advantage of resources available in the community to help them.