From Elaine Whitefeather, Executive Director
Welcome to A Community for Peace!
As a social justice trauma informed center, we dedicate ourselves to providing you with compassionate service founded in our deep understanding of what you (and your children) have and are going through. We hope that you will find a safe and sacred space to connect information, resources, education, support and understanding that comes from those who have walked in your shoes. We welcome you to our sisterhood of survivors. We offer you and an opportunity to end your isolation and shame; your fear of being judged or not understood. We know that it is difficult to leave someone you love who also hurts you. We know that it hurts your children to witness what happens to you and to hear what happens between you. We know the fear and guilt of feeling trapped. And we know that it will not get better by waiting.
I am affirming the courage, strength and perseverance you have within you to take this step AND I am also affirming that you do not have to do this alone. At ACFP, we care because most of us have been there… and the rest of us have witnessed the suffering of our loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We want to ensure that there is a fairly clear understanding of how violence and abuse affect victims, from our “insider’s” perspective. We have a clear understanding of the internal and external blocks and barriers experienced by those of you who are marginalized or feel as though mainstream culture does not understand your unique challenges. We have experienced them too and have found ways to assist others in navigating the systems for the kind of help you need.
For those of you who are our community partners, allies, advocates and investers, thank you for joining this movement of social change and peace. We know that we cannot stand by and allow abuse and violence to continue to be our everyday experience. Domestic violence is a social illness that is experienced personally and that each of us can be part of the problem or part of the solution. “Whatever affects one of us, affects all of us.” It will take all of us to do our part to help all of our families trapped in the epidemic of violence and abuse.
No matter who you are … no matter where you are … no matter what you have done or what has been done to you… there is hope for a better tomorrow.
At A Community For Peace – YOU MATTER AND YOU ARE UNDERSTOOD!
It is our honor and privilege to walk with you through this part of your story and thank you for the opportunity to serve you, your family and our community.
Elaine Whitefeather, Executive Director