Survivor Stories


 

“I learned that a complicated relationship and an abusive relationship are different because in the second one, someone is controlling the other. Day One has helped me a lot. It has helped me take back a lot of the self-esteem I lost. It has been a voice to guide me back to the right path, but most of all, Michele my counselor, has helped me with all these things and more. When I come [to Day One], I actually have a voice and can express myself. I'm very grateful for the services I've received.”

- Corinne, 15

 

“I learned to have a better fundamental understanding of my own emotions and a greater courage to move forward. From beginning to ending, everyone I have been in contact with has been calm, understanding and supportive. I have always felt welcome and never judged.”

- Abigail, 23

 

“Day One helped me to get a final order of protection, full custody of my child and child support. I didn't think that I'd ever be in control of my own life. I feel as if I have a second chance.”

- Tamara, 21

 

“Day One helped me and my daughter find a Domestic Violence shelter and get an order of protection. I'm still scared, but now I know that help is available.”

- Jasmine, 19

 

 


Service Provider Testimonials


 

“Excellent presentation on how the legal system addresses teen violence. Excellent description of the court system and the difficulties young adults face there.”

 

Administration for Children's Services Conference (Moving Beyond Abuse: Envisioning Healthy Teen Relationships)

 

“I would like to thank you so much for coming to our school and providing our students with the relationship violence presentations. Many students have begun to talk about different experiences they have been exposed to due to the many behaviors associated with relationship and/or domestic abuse. I really think these presentations have opened up their minds and broadened their awareness. All of the staff as well as the supervisors from the Regional Office were highly impressed with the topic content as well as the wonderful way you present the information. It was extremely engaging and well-explained so our student population could relate.”

- MS 399, Bronx

 

“This workshop was excellent. Facilitator was very knowledgeable on the subject and was a good listener. Was very good in keeping the group engaged.”

- Adlai Stevenson High School, YABC (Good Shepherds)
 

“Your presentation … was very informative and thought-provoking and your one-on-one session with our peer group was so beneficial and valuable. You have a terrific style and you really connected with the peers.”

- TWISTED Peer Education Group, Safe Horizon
 

“Your knowledge and experience had a powerful effect on our students – and they are better for it.”

- Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice

 

“This workshop was excellent. Facilitator was very knowledgeable on the subject and was a good listener. Was very good in keeping the group engaged.”

- Adlai Stevenson High School, YABC (Good Shepherds)

 

“A highly informative and important discussion. We applaud your commitment and perseverance to educating and providing services to the community. BLSA learned so much about sexual harassment prevention and what the different forms of abuse entail, among other important issues. Your presentation also stirred up some ideas and encouraged us about what we as a student body can do to help our fellow peers and improve the safety of our college environment.”

- Marymount Manhattan College, Black & Latino Association
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