A Word from Mark
Dear Friends of WTLC,
We all know (and research confirms it!) that domestic violence occurs across all racial, ethnic, and economic groups.

Beyond issues of prevalence, WTLC recognizes that survivors from communities of color and other underserved communities such as immigrants, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ survivors often face intersecting issues that disproportionately impact them. These issues increase their vulnerability to poverty and economic instability.

Specifically, we know that:

  • People of color experience higher rates of poverty due to the accumulated effects of long-term structural oppression and inequality
  • Immigrants face higher rates of poverty, hunger, and low-paying employment
  • Disability can lead to job loss, barriers to education, and significant medical and other expenses

Currently, 76% of WTLC participants come from underserved communities. So in addition to providing our core services (housing, counseling, and legal support), our service offerings also focus on strengthening the safety net necessary to help survivors and their families attain economic stability and well-being.

This includes providing food and supermarket gift cards so no one experiences hunger, bus passes and transportation services for job interviews and medical appointments, and financial assistance to help pay utility bills and other basic necessities.

Recovering from a situation of trauma and abuse is hard enough to do from a place of relative stability; the situation is only compounded when a survivor's access to resources, opportunities, and basic survival needs is limited by the society around them. Your support of our programs provides the tools and resources for marginalized participants to first and foremost survive their day-to-day lives, which is the first step to establishing long-term safety and stability.

With Appreciation,

Mark
Meeting Survivors Where They Are
When Tina made the decision to leave her abusive partner, she knew it would be difficult. She hadn't realized, however, that in leaving behind an abusive relationship, she would also be leaving behind her only means of transportation.

Tina didn't have a car of her own, she was unfamiliar with the local bus system, and she had a very limited income to spend on taxi fare or rideshare services.

She reached out to WTLC for assistance preparing for her upcoming restraining order hearing, but didn't have a way to get to and from WTLC's offices to meet with an Advocate.

Instead, Tina's Legal Advocate went directly to her. Through WTLC's Mobile Advocacy Program, Tina was able to prepare for the hearing in the comfort of her own home, with her Advocate explaining what to expect from start to finish, and helping her write down notes so she could feel confident she wouldn't forget anything in the stress of the courtroom.

Tina's Advocate also provided her with a bus pass to get to and from the courthouse the day of her hearing, helped look up the bus schedule, and explained the public transportation system so Tina felt comfortable that she could get to the courthouse on her own.
Reaching Between the Margins: Expanding services to reach all survivors
A young, undocumented woman continues to live with her trafficker because she fears deportation and has no financial or legal resources to leave...

A black trans woman normalizes the physically abusive behavior of her partner because her entire existence survives in a system where she is disproportionately affected by violence...

A veteran with PTSD who experienced trauma across the world and throughout his youth sees the cycle continuing in his marriage but can't find the help he needs to break free...

An elderly woman who uses a wheelchair fears leaving her financially and emotionally abusive caregiver because she worries there won't be space or adequate care for her at a shelter...

How do we refer to the communities or individuals who have not walked through our doors and have not called our helpline in the middle of the night?

On paper, they are underserved, marginalized.

How do we ensure they are not forgotten?
Thank you, RDM General Contractors, for including WTLC in your amazing 6th Annual Golf Tournament this month! We are so grateful for your continued dedication to the survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in our community.
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