"I feel like I could write a million reasons why domestic violence is something that I am passionate about. Domestic violence is sadly woven into the fabric of our society and does not discriminate. I knew I wanted to intern at Safe Harbor a few years ago after my best friend almost lost her life to domestic violence. Safe Harbor does so much to be a part of a solution for domestic violence, and I want to be a part of that solution. Safe Harbor truly embodies a healing atmosphere and interning here has reignited a passion in me to keep hoping for change. I do what I do because I believe that ripples of hope can create waves of change.
I do not think that any words I could write would adequately describe the impact domestic violence has made on my life and the lives of people that I care about the most. I am a kinship caregiver to two of my nephews that have been touched by the silenced hand of domestic violence. Its impact is real and the scars on its victims run deep. I know what it is like to be abused and what it is like to see someone I love to be abused. I am beyond grateful for Safe Harbor not just because of the free services for victims, but also for the programs dedicated to reaching the community through education. Domestic violence has permeated our culture, and we need community outreach like Safe Harbor provides to raise awareness on such a prominent social issue."