Survivor Stories

It takes great courage and strength to ask for help. Hear from the incredible individuals and families we so proudly serve, and learn from their stories of survival.

Please note that many stories contain descriptions of physical, emotional, and sexual violence, which may be triggering to survivors and upsetting to read. Names and any identifying details have been changed to protect safety and confidentiality.


Martina’s story shows how a variety of Raphael House programs help survivors in all stages.

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“The cycle of violence ends with me.”

“Before entering the shelter, I was in an abusive marriage for 10 years. I grew up with violence and thought it was normal. And I honestly believed my ex-husband would never hurt our kids. But the day he did was the day I realized we had to leave.

Raphael House was a safe haven for my family when we had nowhere else to go. They’ve been there for us though the ups and downs, and helped me learn that I deserve respect and love. Now I teach my children that they have a right to this, too.

Coming here was the best thing I’ve ever done for my family. I felt empowered and safe for the first time in my life. The cycle of violence ends with me.”


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