For many of us, Mother's Day is a time of celebration. It can be a day filled with remembrance and reflection on loving relationships, yet it can also be a time of sadness and grief over relationships that have been damaged or lost.
Domestic violence is a complicated issue and not one that is so neatly explained by answering the question "Why doesn't she just leave?" A person's decision to leave an abusive relationship is indeed an act of tremendous bravery and courage; what we must acknowledge is that the most dangerous time in a victim's life is when they decide to leave their abuser.
Mothers who leave an abusive relationship are taking the brave steps to protect themselves and their children from ongoing abuse. We often hear from mothers that they made the decision to leave when they could no longer ignore how the abuse was affecting their children. No mother deserves to live in fear for her own life, or the lives of her children.
To be a mother is one of the hardest jobs in the world, and one of the most rewarding. Imagine for a moment, having to leave everything you know, everything you have worked for - your house, your family & friends, your community - in order to keep your children safe. That is exactly the decision that so many mothers that come to Rainbow have made. When families arrive, we offer safety, support, and services that assist individuals in understanding the elements healthy relationships and the power of healthy connections. We then help them prepare for and plan a safe, healthy future for their family.
To all of the Mothers in our community of friends, supporters, and colleagues - we wish you a very special Mother's Day. Thank you for everything you do to build healthy connections, and a healthy community. Please consider making a donation to Rainbow in honor of the mothers in your life.