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Jun 18, 2018

Stories of Hope: Ms. Sandra Jackson, Executive Director

In this week’s video of our Stories of Hope series, Sandra Jackson, Executive Director of House of Ruth and licensed clinical social worker, shares that the work she does at House of Ruth is the work that she has wanted to do all her life, allowing her to help those with the greatest need. She […]


Jun 1, 2018

Stories of Hope: Victoria

Victoria’s Story of Hope is the first in a series of videos to be released over the next few weeks. Victoria tells of her journey to stability and empowerment as she heals from domestic violence at of House of Ruth, a DC-based organization that provides support to survivors of domestic violence and other lifelong traumas. […]


May 10, 2018

Jeanne’s Story

Jeanne*, age 27, came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) shortly after a violent encounter with her husband, during which she sustained an injury requiring several stitches. Subsequently Jeanne separated from her husband and secured a protection order. Like many other clients who seek services at the DVSC, Jeanne experienced her husband as dramatically […]


Apr 13, 2018

Deborah’s Story

32-year old Deborah* came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after spending eight years in an abusive relationship. Deborah was working, and had been employed steadily for the past two years while living in a rented room in a house owned by a family friend. Deborah had tried several times to leave […]


Mar 7, 2018

Jasmine’s Story

Jasmine* is a 47 year-old mother of four with an extensive history of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, dating back to early childhood, as well as having experienced violence in the community where she lived and struggling with severe mental illness. When Jasmine first came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC), she […]


Feb 8, 2018

Harriet’s Story

45 year old Harriet* was referred to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) by a previous counselor in private practice who “could not break through Harriet’s defensive” behaviors. When Harriet began seeing her counselor at the DVSC, she initially identified reconciling with her husband of eight months as her goal. In the beginning stages of […]


Feb 8, 2018

Allison’s Story

Allison* initially came to House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) because she was concerned about the impact living with her long-term abusive partner and father of her children was having on her and her two daughters. Allison acknowledged that there were times that she and her daughters felt fearful of Allison’s partner, when […]


Dec 12, 2017

Susan’s Story

House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Support Center offers free, top-quality counseling to survivors of domestic violence. Susan*, age 35 and with no history of counseling, came to therapy at House of Ruth to address feelings of anxiety, depression, and a belief that she was missing out on things in life, such as fulfilling work and […]


Nov 7, 2017

Mary’s Story

Mary, age 24 and the mother of a young son, first came to the Domestic Violence Support Center as a child herself several years ago when her parents divorced, and returned to the Support Center as an adult to discuss the consequences of having experienced early childhood trauma. Over the course of her therapy, Mary […]


Nov 7, 2017

Letter of Inspiration: Teresa’s Story

by Teresa* I would like to thank my case manager and the House of Ruth program for all you’ve done for me. Finding a roof over my head was all I ever wanted and needed, you guys did that. You made it possible. My case manager checked up on me daily. She gave me inspiration […]


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