Moving from Anxiety to Confidence
Mary was the first one to arrive at our new Closed Support Group the day we met, and I introduced myself to her. She smiled shyly, managing to appear friendly despite the evident bone-weariness in her countenance, and the discoloration in her eyes.
Mary had first contacted Adult Victims Advocacy and left her husband six months before that, and in spite of the new apartment and distance from her husband, she still felt unsafe and had trouble sleeping. She began attending Open Support Group. She had some hurdles and struggles along the way, but she came through it.
Over time the group facilitator watched in wonder as the bags under her eyes evaporated and her confident stance continued. She is now applying to return to college and finish her degree, and is in fact applying for a scholarship for survivors of domestic violence that she learned of in the group, from our facilitator.
Because of Rappahannock United Way funded programs 1,410 survivors of domestic abuse will receive counseling and practical support that leads to sustainable income and stronger mental health.