The Resilience of Survivors

December 11, 2014

Everyone knows that housing in Austin is getting more expensive all the time. And for single moms with kids

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The Company We Keep

October 16, 2014

By Gwenyth Jett I avoided group therapy for a few years. I don’t really know why. Probably fear of the unknown. I was afraid all the time in those days. Eventually, my need to connect with someone, anyone, overcame my fear of the groups. I couldn’t talk to my family because it upset them too […]

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Addressing PTSD Through Acupuncture

October 13, 2014

by Rosa Harper, Supportive Housing Advocate It’s 10 AM on a Thursday morning at SafePlace. The Reception area slowly fills with people, mostly women, of various ages, races, and demeanors. Several know each other and chat cheerfully in the waiting area. Several others stand nervously around the reception desk. They come from various backgrounds and […]

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Peer Support: Survivors Helping Each Other Heal

September 4, 2014

There are times when all of us need a role model to show us what we can do and where we might go. And sometimes, after months or even years of isolation, “I’ve been there,” are the words survivors need to hear the most. That’s why we’ve started connecting people who have come through our […]

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Thanks for Making Illuminate Austin a Success!

February 28, 2014

After months of planning and hard work, Illuminate Austin was a huge success! From the time we decided to bring the walk back after a six year hiatus, SafePlace staff have been saying that the walk is a visual representation of Austin’s support for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and survivors, their families, and […]

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I’m Walking Because No One Sees These Scars

January 21, 2014

Beth’s story… I’m walking because, when he hit me, my skin bruised, but no one asked me what happened. And when they did, it was easier for them to buy into my lies. “I was climbing a tree, I fell.” I’m walking because, maybe it was the oldest lie in the book, but it gave […]

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Why I Walk: Lisa’s Story

January 14, 2014

My first walk was years ago while I was still living in supportive housing. I walked with several other

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