As I reflected this weekend on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings I felt sadness thinking of the parents, siblings and other family members of the victims. Sadness for all of the moments that will never be had and the memories that will never be made.
Losing a loved one due to natural causes is already painful and life changing. But losing a loved one at the hands of another through a violent act can be especially devastating. In addition to coping with the loss you have to wrap your head around the fact that someone consciously chose to take the life of someone you love.
Year-to-date in Oakland County, there have been 4 domestic violence-related murder/suicides and 1 murder committed by a known intimate partner. If you’re anything like me, and I think that you are, these stories horrified you. From the women, children and families we speak to every day at HAVEN, we know all too well the reality and prevalence of such horrors.
It’s my guess that you believe in a world where your loved ones are safe from devastating harm at the hands of another person. We appreciate your compassion and conviction that a safer world is not only possible, but worth fighting for. That’s why we need your support!
The support we receive from donations is incredibly meaningful to those who turn to us for safety and solace during times of crisis. It is only because of the generosity of our donors that we are able to provide help and hope to victims of sexual and domestic violence, free of charge, and offer education and advocacy within schools and our community to create a culture where violence is not tolerated.
It is my sincerest hope that you or your loved ones never need the help of HAVEN…but right now, we need you. Please consider making a gift today.
From our families to yours, we wish you a peaceful holiday season and many memories to come.