Domestic Abuse Does Not Discriminate

Today was a difficult but important day for the NISAA crew working on communications for the nongovernmental agency. We went to the organization’s women’s shelter, which houses several women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Walking through the shelter’s gate, you could feel that this was a place of refuge and safety. While the women’s stories were compelling, opening up to strangers about such personal topics was obviously hard and uncomfortable, and we had to approach the situation with sensitivity. Yet they told us about the verbal, mental and physical abuse they endured before they came to the shelter. They cried as they talked about how difficult it was to escape the vicious cycle they were trapped in, as well as the trauma they endured and the guilt they felt about their children’s well-being. The women credited NISAA with giving them the strength they had lost. They praised the agency for giving them their voices back. For me, I couldn’t help but think about how domestic abuse of women does not discriminate. It does not care about the color of your skin or how much money you have.
–Colin Wallace