Dana, intelligent and bright-spirited, worked hard for her credentials. She immigrated from India to become a dentist in the United States, but soon after, her life began to veer out of control. All it took was one physically and emotionally abusive man -- her husband.
Sheila arrived at the Women Against Abuse Emergency Shelter after waking up in a hospital emergency room. Her partner had beaten her to the point of unconsciousness when she tried to leave their home with their child.
William Spratley flicks through the text messages on his phone until he finds the one he’s been looking for. It’s from his 27-year old daughter, Ameya, and it’s the last words he will ever exchange with her. Ameya was killed by her abusive boyfriend in January.
Sara was a victim of domestic violence who transformed into a strong and capable mother with the support of Women Against Abuse’s comprehensive services.
Alyssa had been living with her parents and was restricted to a wheelchair due to under-developed limbs. She was abused by her father and denied access to her four-year old son. She escaped the abusive situation by fleeing to a local shelter.
Lucia came to the WAA emergency shelter pregnant and with five children. She had been with her husband for three years when he became physically and emotionally abusive.