"In connecting with The Network I've gone from someone who'd mumble through tears that 'I wasn't always this pathetic,' to a woman who is learning to recognize that I can be strong, and that I am capable. With the support of The Network I've come to realize that this is in fact my life, and am so grateful to feel so much of that stress and fear and anger finally subside."
– Anonymous Survivor
What is it like to live with partner abuse?
It’s so much more than the physical violence most people think of.
What is it like to live with partner abuse? It’s so much more than the physical violence most people think of. It’s getting up in the morning with a pit in your stomach when your partner oversleeps because you know that it’s somehow going to be your fault. It’s trying to convince your boss not to write you up when you’re late because your partner picked a fight as you were heading out the door – you stayed because they criticize you for prioritizing everything else over them and you didn’t want to prove them right. It’s navigating constantly-changing rules that may be disguised as loving advice about what you should wear, what you can eat, who you can hang out with, what language you can speak, which meds you’re allowed to take, how you define yourself. It’s directing your energy, skills, values – every aspect of yourself – into surviving.
But what if survivors’ creativity, humor, empathy, generosity, problem-solving, vigilance, diplomacy, and resilience weren’t siphoned off or turned against them, and instead channeled into themselves, their children, their community?
Into not just surviving, but thriving?
This is the work of The Network/La Red, and we need your support!
Donate today and your gift has double the impact helping survivors to survive, as well as thrive.
Our goal: to raise $45,000 by December 7th.
When a survivor reaches out to talk about their relationship, they’re taking a step towards thriving – and we’re here 24 hours a day to answer their call.
When a support group member finds their experience in another member’s story, they move towards thriving.
When a survivor has up to two years of rental assistance through our Housing Pathways program, they can focus on their immigration status, or gender transition, or job training, or securing custody of their children, or whatever issues they face, and move towards thriving.
When you give right now - your gift will do twice as much.
The first $10,000 we receive will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar.
Wondering where this money goes? Last year, the weekly subway pass a housing guest used to get to landlord interviews during their apartment search cost $21.25. Simultaneous translation for a support group session during which, a survivor spoke for the first time about the abuse they’d experienced, cost $60. Palm cards distributed at Youth Pride to community members who didn’t know about our services cost $125. Our toll-free hotline number, where survivors can find information, support, and safety planning, costs $600.
Our 5-day campaign will run December 3rd to December 7th. We hope you’ll make an early contribution today and inspire others to do the same.
Thank you for joining us in creating a future where survivors – and our communities – thrive.