Sarah slept on her living room couch for weeks, so she could see both the front and back doors because she was constantly in fear of her abusive partner breaking into her home. One morning those fears became reality when she woke up and found her partner sitting on the couch beside her – he had snuck into her home while she and her children were sleeping.
Sarah came to North Memorial Health knowing that if she could get to the hospital, she would get the help she desperately needed. She met with a SafeJourney advocate who listened to her story and provided information and resources. Sarah’s partner was arrested, and Sarah and her children were able to safely stay in their home. Sarah was finally able to sleep through the night in her own bed.
SafeJourney is the domestic violence program at North Memorial Health. Volunteer advocates provide support and resources for people in unsafe relationships in our hospitals and communities. Through donor support, our amazing group of advocates continue to expand their skills with trainings on topics like mental health, LGBTQ specific advocacy, self-care, legal remedies and orders for protection—ensuring they are prepared when someone like Sarah reaches out for help in a moment of crisis.
In October, we celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to honor the journeys of the victims/survivors who have found safety and those that are just beginning. It is also a time to reflect on our own relationships and the relationships around us.