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My name is Jody and I can call myself a survivor because I came out of an abusive relationship that lasted 11 years. I got married when I was 18 years old to a man I thought I knew. Three months into the marriage I realized that I wasn’t in control of my life anymore. Each time I asked a question his temper would automatically change to an abusive personality and defensive behavior. I started to learn that I couldn’t ask questions of any kind because he would get defensive, authoritative, and most often physical. In December of 1999, following a fight with my husband, I tried to commit suicide because I though that without my husband I wouldn’t be able to survive with my kids and/or myself.   Read more…


I have enjoyed immensely the past year or so of my life with my children and with myself. I feel moments of true happiness again after going through a long spell of feeling little or nothing. Gateway has had a large hand in reviving my soul.

I have two children, a son age 20 and a daughter age 11. My children were the ones that opened my eyes to myself, my life, and to seeing how abuse pervades lives and generations. Four years ago, at this time, my daughter and I were actually living in the Gateway Shelter. We stayed there for 27 days and during that time the shelter was our home. To this day, if we pass by the shelter my daughter may call out, “There’s our house”. Ultimately, my son and daughter became my motivation for seeing a life of peace that they might enjoy the same.  Read more…


My association with Gateway began in the courthouse. They have this wonderful program by which, when batterers are arrested, the victims are subpoenaed to appear and there, in the courthouse, they meet with victims’ advocates from Gateway and they are interviewed and told about the services Gateway has to offer. My ex-husband was arrested on a night in July and by the beginning of August my two children and I were all in counseling at Gateway.   Read more…

Emergency Shelter, Gabby

Gabby and her five children called for assistance from Gateway’s emergency shelter to escape an abusive husband and father. The children were three to 12 years of age. Gabby had moved from Mexico with her husband to the United States 14 years ago. However, neither had established US citizenship. Together they had 5 children. Her batterer was intensely abusive to both her and her 5 children.  Read more…

Crisis Line, Mary

Mary called the crisis line very upset requesting information on the cycle of violence. She stated she had been married to Bob for 26 years and has a 16-year-old daughter. For most of their marriage, Bob had been physically and emotionally abusive. She described several severe physical abuse incidents that resulted in broken ribs and a concussion.   Read more…

Residential Services, Sue

Sue is a 25-year-old Latina woman who arrived at the Shelter with her two children, ages 3 and 5 years old. Sue had been living with the batterer for the past seven months and had married him four months ago.    Read more…

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