Scholarships for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Scholarships for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Survivors of domestic violence face a lot of challenges to regain their self-confidence and independence. One way to become self-reliant and independent is to earn a college degree. This may not seem financially feasible for some women, especially if they have children or don’t have a reliable source of income. But earning a scholarship may help them get on the right track. There are several scholarships available for survivors of abuse. They can provide some or all the funding to women who needs to earn a college degree and get back on their feet after being in an abusive relationship. Victims of Domestic Violence Women Facing Economic and Social Challenges Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)Open to survivors of domestic violence who are single mothers with young children and exhibits a…
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What Is Domestic Violence?

What Is Domestic Violence?

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  What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence also includes any actions or threats of actions that are used to influence another person. Domestic violence often occurs in cycles, with periods of "normal or happy times" followed by increased tension and abuse. The cycle of violence repeats, sometimes over a period of months, sometimes within the same day. Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. Domestic violence occurs in same-sex relationships, and men can be victim as well. If you or someone you…
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Burned Biscuits

Burned Biscuits

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  When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing.... never made a face nor uttered a…
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There’s A Hole In The Side Of My Boat

There’s A Hole In The Side Of My Boat

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One of my favorite quotes on the struggles we see every day here at HELP of Door County was shared by Will McAvoy in the final episode of The Newsroom when he told his wife, Mckenzie: “There's a hole in the side of my boat. That hole is never going to be fixed, it's never going away, and I can't get a new boat. What I have to do is bail water out faster than it's coming in.” This is actually life for many of the people we encounter everyday. For many people that we see, life is a boat with a hole in the side. Life is just baling water out faster than it’s coming in. And there’s nobility and joy in doing this. It’s exhausting sometimes. It’s depressing…
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