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Nov 13, 2019

Fiona’s Story

55-year-old Fiona* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after 30 years of an abusive relationship with a man she had known all her life. Fiona initially expressed a great deal of reticence about coming to counseling, both because of cultural taboos around sharing her ‘business’ outside her family, and fear of addressing the […]


Nov 13, 2019

Purple Thursday with DCCADV and Mayor Bowser

On October 24th, House of Ruth joined the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) and other local organizations in wearing purple to honor victims and support survivors of domestic violence for Purple Thursday. The Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives, the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, and Mayor Bowser addressed attendees […]


Nov 13, 2019

My Girlfriend’s House Shelter Room Makeover

On October 5th, 13 domestic violence survivors living at House of Ruth’s Families First II program were gifted with newly designed apartments—all inspired by their dream houses—thanks to over 270 volunteers from My Girlfriend’s House. My Girlfriend’s House is a community of women in the DC area focused on empowering at-risk women with the skills […]


Oct 18, 2019

Staying Safe Against Stalkerware As A Domestic Violence Survivor

Content warning: This guide discusses aspects of domestic violence and abuse. Domestic violence in the US is on the rise, according to a new study reported by HuffPost. One in four women experiences physical, sexual, or emotional violence from an intimate partner. In 2017, 2,237 women were killed by a partner, husband, or an ex. […]


Oct 4, 2019

Nancy’s Story

25-year-old Nancy* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) following a violent physical incident with her boyfriend. She discovered that she had lost her way. She had become withdrawn from her friends and family, lost self-efficacy and belief in herself, and was having difficulty concentrating and being productive at work. She was also experiencing […]


Oct 4, 2019

House of Ruth Earns 4-Star Rating by Charity Navigator

House of Ruth is proud to have earned a full 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, which is known as the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities based on an organization’s Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency. Click here to read more about Charity Navigator’s rating methodology and click here to read about House of Ruth on Charity […]


Oct 4, 2019

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

This week is the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! House of Ruth is joining the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other local organizations in raising awareness about domestic violence and working to end violence against women and children. On October 2nd, House of Ruth staff took over McPherson Square metro station to Paint […]


Sep 9, 2019

Jennifer’s Story

31-year-old Jennifer* came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) for help in dealing with conflict with her husband and her concerns about how this impacted her small children. It didn’t take long for Jennifer to see that she was married to a highly verbally abusive partner, and had become depressed and increasingly isolated from […]


Sep 9, 2019

Fresh Food Feeds Many … New Partnership

Last month, House of Ruth entered into an exciting new partnership with Community Foodworks (CFW), which is a DC-based, mission-driven non-profit organization working to increase access to fresh and healthy food for underserved populations while creating opportunities for local farmers. CFW is delivering local produce to House of Ruth’s Kidspace Center at a reduced rate. […]


Sep 9, 2019

LiLi The First Helps Clients Feel Top Notch

Last month, the generous and inspiring staff of Georgetown boutique LiLi The First came to a group meeting of House of Ruth’s family programs and helped each woman feel pampered and spoiled. Bringing new clothing made from top-notch designers in Israel, Italy and elsewhere—as well as generously donated jewelry—the three staff from LiLi The First […]


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