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Sara's Story

Last night Sara unlocked the children's bedroom window and lowered her two daughters through the window and onto the concrete patio below. Sara then looked back over her shoulder at the bedroom that her daughters shared for just a few short months. Sara's husband, Brian had said that the move from Kansas would be good for them; it would be a new start. Those first few months, Sara and the children spent hours painting the walls and decorating the new bedroom. Sara made curtains and matching quilts for the girl's room. The girls had been in their new school less than 4 months. Sara thought to herself, the violence started almost as soon as the paint had dried. Nothing had changed, the move had not helped, it only took her further away from the support system that she and the girls had. They were leaving the twin beds with homemade quilts, a bookshelf filled with story books full of adventures and sweet endings. The girls were leaving behind the dolls with matching dresses they got for their birthdays. All of it would be left behind as they slipped into the night.

Virginia answers the phone on its second ring, "Family Crisis Center Hotline, this is Virginia." Virginia listens for a moment and then hears a woman's voice, "Hi, my name is Sara. I left home with my two daughters and we are at the convenience store using the pay phone, I'm not sure what to do, but I know I cannot go back home." Virginia takes the information from Sara, and let's her know to stay right by the pay phone and a crisis advocate will call her in a few minutes. The pay phone rings and Sara speaks with the advocate, who arranges to take Sara and her daughters to the emergency shelter. Sara and the children arrive at 2:30 in the morning, the shelter staff has prepared their room and the girls are soon back asleep.

The next morning Sara meets with the shelter advocate on duty and completes necessary paper work. She is then introduced to a counselor, who will work with her. Later that afternoon, the children meet the youth counselor who will be working with them. Later that day, another advocate from the main office in Bastrop accompanies Sara to the sheriff's department where she makes a formal statement, and other evidence is collected. This advocate assists Sara in completing the necessary paper work for a protective order that is granted within a few days for Sara's and her daughters' safety. Sara's husband Brian is arrested on a family violence assault charge.

As Sara met for the first time with her counselor, she realized just how brave she had been to leave that night. Sara started "The last time was bad; I really thought I was going to die right here on the bedroom floor with my daughters sleeping only a few feet away in their room. I don't know why he stopped, was it the timer going off on the dryer, was it the neighbor's car pulling in the driveway next door, or did he finally realize that if he killed me, HIS world would change? I don't know why he stopped, but I realized that this had to be the last time, I have to change." Sara made another hard decision; she and her daughters would stay in shelter and begin taking the steps to keep herself and her children safe, begin the steps to put their lives back together, begin the steps to heal, to move from a place of fear, physical and emotional pain.

Sara began working and the girls were enrolled into a new school. Sara was grateful for the weekly counseling sessions. The girls were doing better, they each attended counseling sessions and were beginning to laugh and smile again. The next move for Sara and her girls was into their own apartment, free of violence, and free of fear. A new start was beginning for Sara and her daughters, with new steps and a new journey.

A year has gone by; many things have changed for Sara and her daughters. With the support of legal aid services, Sara is divorced; Brian has completed court mandated battering intervention class through the Center and has moved out of the state. Sara has completed her entrance exam for a nursing course at a local community college. Sara shares this about her life, "Moving on is like building a house, I know if I do not put hard work into building a foundation for myself and my daughters the walls cannot be supported. If the walls are not strong enough they cannot hold up the ceiling, and if the ceiling caves in, then our house is destroyed. It has taken hard work to get where I am, it has taken hard work to affect changes in our lives, and we are beginning to feel happy and healthy. There is still some pain. For the girls it is about leaving things behind that they loved. For me, the pain comes from staying in the relationship for so long, thinking that by staying with him, he would change. It's really ironic; I stayed because of hope and fear; fear eventually stomps out any hope. And hope... well; hope lets you live a little bit of your daily life without fear." As for future plans... Sara says the future holds so much for herself and her daughters, any looking back over her shoulder now is just to see where the life changing decisions have brought her and the girls.

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