“Thank you for bringing me here and away from Grandma.
She can’t yell at me or you or be really mad anymore. I feel safe.”
— Bradley, 6 years old
Samantha (22) and her sons, Bradley (6) and Gabriel (3) are currently living in The Julian Center’s shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We’ve changed their names, but their story is not unfamiliar to us.
Samantha and her boys had been living with Gabriel’s father who was physically, verbally, and emotionally abusive. They managed to escape that horror to what Samantha thought would be the relative safety of her mother’s house. While her abuser became her stalker, her mother was a source of additional verbal, emotional, physical, and financial abuse. Samantha had to get herself and her boys out of there.
While she has no other family or friends in the area, Samantha was able to find shelter at The Julian Center.
“When I came here, I felt safe. Without you guys, I honestly don’t know what I would do. My time here has been great and having the support you all give me is not something I am used to or have ever had in my life before now. It’s taken some getting used to, but oh my God I am thankful for you. You guys have really saved my life.”
Samantha is back in school. She’s turned her lackluster grades into all A’s.
“They go above and beyond here. They told me that they want to see me succeed and they are sticking to that.”
Because that’s what The Julian Center does: provide the resources survivors need to embark on the path to violence-free lives.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, The Julian Center has provided 1,800 nights of shelter to our residents. Almost half of whom (45%) are minors. We have provided more than 580 services to more than 100 adult survivors through our advocacy, legal and therapy services. Our Crisis call team has answered more than 600 calls; more than 60% of which were callers seeking services and information and referrals related to their crisis.
During this COVID-19 crisis, so much of our typical American lives has been uprooted, escalated, exaggerated, and overturned. This is even more true for abuse victims. Being sequestered with your abuser is not only risky – it could turn deadly. As always, The Julian Center is here to help, but we have limited resources. With your help, we can provide shelter and assistance to more people who often have no other option.
Please consider making a gift to The Julian Center. You can do that by using this form or by sending a check to:
The Julian Center
2011 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-1305