When YWCA Charleston's Resolve Family Abuse Program advocates and staff are in training, they are exposed to a variety of speakers and topics. This training provides them with important skills and knowledge to serve those who turn to Resolve for assistance. When it comes to survivors, Joyce Richmond is a compelling speaker who...

Many of you know that the YWCA Resolve program provides shelter for people experiencing domestic violence. What some of you may not know is that the shelter has a name – Hope House.

We chose the name for a reason. Hope is optimistic. With Hope, you know things are going to turn out ok. This story is about Kristin – about the ho...

If you’ve met Amanda Easter once, you’ll probably never forget her. The 5-foot-2 red-headed ball of energy and pizazz is equal parts bubbly and business.

“Everyone’s life is as precious as the next." This is the credo Cheyanne Friend demonstrates every day in her position...

Discussion of domestic abuse is almost always centered around the victim. But there is another side to this issue: what about the abuser? What’s their story, and how can we help them understand the consequences of their actions? The YWCA’s Batterer Intervention/Prevention Program (BIPP) seeks to answer these questions.

August 11, 2017

Who knows what could happen when radio station Rock 105 and YWCA Charleston teamed up to eliminate domestic violence.

July 25, 2017

Sandy Call has gone to great lengths to help her girls out. She even once showed up unannounced with a U-Haul to help a friend escape her abuser.

After witnessing several friends become victims, Sandy has made a point to become one of the Kanawha Valley’s biggest advocates for eliminating domestic violence. Sandy channels her p...

June 12, 2017

Every mother wants a better life for her daughter. It was no different for Martha, a young mother with a child – living with her mother in Oklahoma.  She was popular, confident, and besides the ordinary challenges of motherhood – carefree. It was only a few months after marrying a handsome, charismatic, but quite volatile ma...

June 10, 2017

FACT: Not all cases of domestic violence are physical. The emotional scars of abuse can be just as devastating as broken bones.

FACT: Domestic violence is not limited to certain social classes, it can happen to anyone.

My name is Anna Payne and I have been involved with Girls Night Out (GNO) since 2008. 

I have been a lead chair...

July 14, 2016

I was so strong before. I came from a long line of very intelligent, beautiful, confident women who taught me to value myself. However, I did not grow up with a man in the home to tell me what to not to look for in a man. I missed the “Daddy Lesson” about those men to stay away from. Those wolves in sheep’s clothing…...

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