YOU’RE NOT ALONE
Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors one person uses to control or influence another. It does not discriminate against socioeconomic status, race, gender identity, or sexuality. Examples of domestic violence include coercion, threats, intimidation, insults, and physical and sexual abuse.
Like survivors of domestic violence, survivors of human trafficking may experience the same pattern of abusive behaviors. It is a form of modern-day slavery, exploiting an individual for labor or commercial sex. We at Turning Point believe that ALL people have the right to live free of violence. We provide free, confidential, temporary emergency shelter and services in a safe, caring environment where positive change, dignity, and independence are encouraged.
For Erika, the abuse started in April of 2017 and lasted until she escaped her abuser on October 14, 2021. Seven months pregnant, Erika; beaten, bruised, and exhausted, was found walking down a Botetourt two lane road at 4 AM, by an elderly couple who drove her to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she was referred to an OB/GYN and put in contact with Turning Point, The Salvation Army of Roanoke’s domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking shelter for an immediate interview with a case manager. “I remember it was with Adam actually. Well that poor man got an earful that day,” recalls Erika when looking back on her almost 10 months at Turning Point.
On December 14, 2021, Erika welcomed her son Ezra into the world. “Ezra has a very rare genetic condition called Moebius Syndrome. It has nothing to do with the abuse or any of that. It’s just the way God made him.”
Erika and Ezra transitioned from Turning Point into our Pathway of Hope program and have recently been approved for housing. They are both healthy, happy, and thriving survivors.