Gabriela's Glimpse of Hope | Double Your Impact this Year!
Gabriela walked through DAP’s door in search of hope. Three months earlier, Gabriela was initially connected to DAP through the 24 Hour Hotline, where Minneapolis Police connect victim/survivors to DAP services. Soon after, a DAP therapist and a Minneapolis Police Officer came by her home during a Hot Spots visit to provide the household with resources after a 911 domestic call had been made from her home. A week after the Hot Spots visit Gabriela found out she was pregnant. She finally thought the abuse she was experiencing from her partner would stop, but as her pregnancy progressed, the lethality of her abuse only increased.
One day her partner became so upset, they pushed Gabriela down a flight of stairs. Unfortunately, abuse during pregnancy is not uncommon. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), women with unintended pregnancies are two to four times more likely to experience physical violence than women with planned pregnancies and murder is the second most common cause of injury-related death for pregnant women (31%) after car accidents.
The next day Gabriela found the DAP therapist’s card from the Hot Spots visit, packed her things, and headed to DAP. All she had was her car, some snacks, and a suitcase of belongings. Since Gabriela’s family lived in Mexico she did not know where to go or who to turn to.
That day at DAP, Gabriela was able to talk to a DAP advocate and case manager. Gabriela decided to file an Order for Protection against her abusive partner with help from a DAP advocate. One study supported by Futures Without Violence found that forty-eight percent of Latinas reported that their partner’s violence against them had increased since they immigrated to the United States and that “abusers often use their partners’ immigration status as a tool of control. In such situations, it is common for a batterer to exert control over his partner’s immigration status in order to force her to remain in the relationship.” In addition, a case manager was able to schedule Gabriela shelter stay, get her a gas card and a toiletry pack, schedule Gabriela a doctor’s appointment, a therapy intake as well as future case management appointments at DAP, create goals toward permanent housing and above all, create a safety plan for Gabriela.
As Gabriela left DAP that day she knew that her new journey would be a difficult one, but she finally saw hope in her life to escape an abusive relationship and stop the cycle of inter-generational violence.
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"Our silence is complicity which advances the invisibility of violence in our communities." -Sarah Clyne, DAP Executive Director