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She was a gentle woman.  Long suffering, she was raised to stand firm to her commitments.  Yet, twenty years of domestic violence had begun to take its toll.  She had three sons and they had heard – seen – and felt the violence in their home.  Spurred by a particularly violent incident, and a window of escape, she and her boys sought safe refuge at the WCA.  Gripped by fear, she didn’t leave the shelter for a month and, when she did, it was with great trepidation.

Through the years of violence in her marriage, she had never been allowed to seek medical care.  While in the program, a compassionate local physician provided free medical service in order to mend old wounds.  She made good choices, fully participated in the program and she faced her future with promise.

During her stay at the WCA, she dissolved her marriage and came to understand the dynamics of power and control and the insidious consequences of domestic violence.  She, and her sons, moved back into the community and she continued to receive community services at the WCA.  On a particular weekend, the WCA received a telephone call from her.  She was hurt – beaten – by one of her sons and moved back into the shelter for a period of time. As shocking, and disturbing, as this might sound, it is important to understand that children growing up in domestic violence homes, too often, normalize that behavior.

Fortunately she met a good man and remarried.  And her counselor at the time, who is still with the WCA, was invited to share in the joy of her wedding day.

The moral of this story is that we must all remember that our behavior and the nature of our interactions are lessons learned for our children.  Teach them love, respect and non-violence – so that we may have safe children – safe families – safe homes – and a safe community.
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Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

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Oct 02

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SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

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Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

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Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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