Houston Area Women’s Center Provides a Safe Space, “HAWC let me know I am not alone in this”

Sep 25, 2020 | Uncategorized

“We were home all day, every day.”

Stay at home orders meant to protect people from COVID-19 further isolated and escalated tension between Jamie Wright and her husband of just a few months. The escalating tension and pressure in their house turned violent in April.  Jamie was shoved, strangled and struck with a laptop by the man she just married. She fled her abuser that evening with nothing but an overnight bag, vowing never to return.  A phone call to HAWC’s crisis hotline began what would be a three-month stay at HAWC’s residential facility and safe harbor hotel.  Jamie’s healing journey and a life free from violence would begin.

“I was assured. I was reaffirmed. HAWC let me know I am not alone in this.”

Sadly, Jamie’s heartbreaking story of domestic violence in the wake on the ongoing pandemic is one of countless many. The Houston area has seen a surge in domestic violence cases.

This is unquestionably a very dangerous time for survivors, but there is something you can do to help.  

Let survivors know you believe them.  They are not alone. Help is available.

PSA:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV_wzyBxdvc

Survivor Jamie Wright story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqu6z4u2w0

www.hawc.org  (LiveChat available)

24/7 Domestic violence hotlines  713-528-2121