Kelly* (45 years old) came to the Domestic Violence Support Center (DVSC) after more than two decades of being in an abusive relationship with the father of her children. Initially, Kelly’s goals were to better understand her experience and begin to consider a way forward that would benefit her children. Kelly and her DVSC counselor worked closely together for months to help her gain this insight and start to process the effects of the abuse she and her children endured.
Armed with this knowledge, Kelly was able to more clearly see a path forward. With the support of her DVSC counselor, Kelly made major changes in her life. After approximately a year of working with her DVSC counselor, Kelly was able to separate from her husband and move into her own home with her children. Kelly and her DVSC counselor ended their work together after being able to share in Kelly’s success in creating a safe and abuse-free environment for herself and her children.
*Name has been changed.