Free of fear: Sarah’s story
Sarah* fled a violent relationship, couch surfing or sleeping in her car until there was nowhere to turn but local homeless shelters.
In Fort Worth’s East Lancaster Avenue homeless services corridor, Sarah faced something almost as frightening as the abuse she’d fled: the prospect of sleeping in a barrack-style shelter with hundreds of strangers.
Mornings would be worse. Forced to leave the shelter until afternoon, Sarah would run a gauntlet on the street, alone and afraid.
It’s not hard to see why some women forced to choose between a violent partner and homelessness stay with their abusers.
That would not be Sarah’s story. She escaped her abuser and the streets with help from the DRC Victims Advocacy Project.
The Victims Advocacy Project helps homeless victims of violent crime seek justice, find safe shelter and more.
Within hours of meeting DRC Victims Advocate Allison Bowen, Sarah was on her way to safe shelter.
There she found healing and hope, free from the fear that had stalked her so long, thanks to the DRC and its Victims Advocacy Project.
* Her name is changed to safeguard her privacy