How My Mom Changes Lives

June 6, 2013

A photo of our legal advocate, Rita, with her daughter outside

Our legal advocate, Rita, with her daughter, Lauren

These words were written by our Legal Advocate’s 8-year-old daughter, Lauren, about her mom’s work with us and the mission of Safe Harbor.  We could not have said it better ourselves. Thank you, Lauren!

By Lauren, age 8

I think my mom makes a difference every day at her job by helping women and men who are being abused and helping them get to a better and safer place from their abuser. I think Safe Harbor is a great place for people to work, because they are making a difference in somebody’s life every day. Safe Harbor made the right choice by picking my mom for her job, because she makes a difference in people’s lives and is dedicated. My mom is a great legal advocate, because she does what is right to make a difference in the victim’s life. My mom is great at her job, because she wants each victim to be safe and happy when they walk out of her office.

Safe Harbor is a great place to go when you need an Order of Protection or need to get away from an abuser, especially when you talk to my mom. She wants you to be happy and safe when you walk out of her office, because she wants to make a difference in each person’s life. Safe Harbor is a great place to go when you are being abused, because they will do their best to keep you safe and help you start a new life.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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