The mission of Women Outreaching
Women is to empower battered women and children and to create community awareness about family violence.
Women Outreaching Women is committed to:
Assisting women and their children regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race,
income, ability, religion, or geography.
a safe and comfortable shelter for women and their children fleeing from domestic violence.
Educating the community on how to recognize family violence, where to seek help,
and what they can do to prevent further abuse to women and children who are suffering from domestic violence.
On September 1, 2004, we opened the first and only emergency domestic violence
shelter in Livingston Parish.
We have provided
over 16,000 safe nights for women and children fleeing from domestic violence.
"Out of the darkness;
Into the light"
Understanding Domestic Violence
Domestic abuse occurs when one person in an
intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence
is called domestic violence.
Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only;
to gain and maintain control over you. An abuser doesn't "play fair." Abusers use fear, guilt, shame and intimidation
to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you.
"Domestic abuse and violence does not discriminate. It happens among
heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds and economic levels.
The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it's coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or
an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected and safe!"
abuse is the first step to getting help
Domestic abuse often escalates from threats
and verbal abuse to violence. While physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences
of domestic abuse are also severe. Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy your self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression,
and make you feel helpless and alone. No one should have to endure this kind of pain. Your first step to breaking free is
recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the
help you need!