Immigrant and Refugee women face a host of intersecting barriers to reporting abuse: the fear of deportation, the shaming in their culture and community and language isolation. Most of them have limited English speaking skills, lack education or employment skills, and are in many cases dependent on their husbands/abusers for support. Access to knowledge and information about legal rights, advocacy, education, referral, outreach and collaboration with other agencies are very important for victims and survivors of domestic violence. WEE supports immigrants and refugee families to access resource and get involved in their communities to advocate against violence.
On April 8 House Speaker DeLeo was in the news announcing the passage of the strongest domestic violence legislation to be considered in at least a decade. “If these horrible crimes are preventable, let’s do everything we can to prevent them,” he said.
Women Encouraging Empowerment (WEE) is the only resource center in Revere that provides services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and their families.
Raba came to us on a Friday evening with her two children. She had no money, just bags of clothing. She had no place to stay. Raba was frustrated after having spent the day at a shelter where no one spoke her language or helped her to settle in. She felt alone.
The first thing WEE staff did was pay the taxi driver, feed her children and let her know we care. Then we found Raba a safe place to stay and transportation to take her there. The following day our staff worked with the shelter to get her the help she needed. We continued working with her until we were assured she would have all the support she needed to be able to rebuild her life with hope.
This year, WEE in collaboration with Boston College, offered workshops and resources to participants, staff and volunteers, providing them with the tools to help those affected by domestic violence. More than 90% of all domestic violence victims are female and WEE is the only community group in Revere with services to address this significant issue for immigrant women. Our residents deserve community support to assist those seeking safety and stability for their families.
I urge you to donate as much as you can, so that WEE can continue to be here for victims and survivors of Domestic Violence and support them as they rebuild their lives. In return, you will be rewarded by knowing that you helped women and families to be free from abuse. Ask yourself how you would feel if no one was here to help your friend or family member to prevent something horrible from happening.
Please donate as much as you can today.
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