Each year, 3-4 million women are beaten and victimized by the partners in their lives who are supposed to love and support them. Although a majority of victims are women, men are also abused.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone
Abuse…Physical, Emotional or Sexual. Abuse is about one person controlling another. It is a pattern of behavior. Many people do not think of themselves as being abused because they have not been hit. Does the person you love: slap, hit, anger easily, force sex, push, criticize you, call you names?
Green Gables Haven offers shelter
Green Gables Haven offers shelter for the abused woman and her children for up to 4 weeks. You can access the shelter 24 hours a day. While in the shelter residents are provided with personal needs items(Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, ect), food, and emergency transportation. Advocacy to assist in legal, medical, and social matters is available. Green Gables Haven will provide a temporary, secure, nurturing environment and support to enable victims of domestic violence in Barry County to make appropriate life altering changes. Click here for more information.
Emergency Police: 911
Barry County Sheriff’s Office: 269.948.4801
Hastings Police: 269.945.5791
Michigan State Police: 269.948.8283
Barry County Prosecutor: 269.948.4850
Pennock Hospital: 269.945.3451
Executive Director: Janie Bergeron PO Box 388 Hastings, MI 49058
Sexual Assault Services Toll-Free 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1.888.383.2192
Make a safety plan
Here are some things to keep in mind when you think you may be assaulted again.
Practice how to get out of your house safely.
Create code words with family, friends, and neighbors to alert them to call 911.
Trust your own instincts and judgement.
Make extra house and car keys and hide them for emergency use.
Green Gables Haven 6th Annual Power of One Luncheon, we are pleased to present Alicia Kozakiewicz Poster 2013
“I cried a tear today, I wasn’t certain why. I cried a tear today, I thought of all those lies. I cried a tear today, my babies cried for me. I cried a tear today, they saw me weep and bleed. I cried a tear today, he held me very close. I cried a tear today, he sent me a beautiful rose. I cried a tear today, he was begging on his knees. I cried a tear today, he said, ‘baby please don’t leave’. I cried a tear today, I was lying underground. I cried a tear today, but there was no sound. I cried a tear today, this time it was for my kids for if I could have done it different, I surely would have.”