Success Stories

Susie’s Story

"Susie" initially contacted the Outreach Program about getting a divorce from her husband. She was so afraid of him and declined an offer for a Temporary Protective Order, fearing that would only make worse matters worse. She didn’t contest anything in the divorce and just hoped he would finally...

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Mary’s Story

"Mary" was an Army wife and her husband had been very physically and verbally abusive. Living in Savannah, she was thousands of miles away from her family in the Midwest. After one particularly vicious beating, she slipped away in the middle of the night with her young son and came...

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Marla’s Story

"Marla" and her two sons, ages 12 and 14, came to SAFE Shelter six years ago. Marla and her husband were both university professors from South Africa. Along with the verbal, physical and emotional abuse, Marla’s husband was threatening to take their sons back to his village and...

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Laura’s Story

Many years ago, "Laura" came to the Outreach Program to request a Temporary Protective Order against her husband. Laura worked for the City of Savannah and had three beautiful little boys, ages 7, 9 and 12. Her husband was physically abusive, but the worst part, she said, was...

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April’s Story

In 2004, "April" took the first step toward getting away from her abusive husband. She had two children, one just 13 months old. She called the SAFE Shelter Outreach Program and victim advocates there assisted her with a court order. This Superior Court order stipulated that her husband...

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Ruth’s Story

"Ruth" drove from Kansas City to Savannah to escape her abusive husband. She was pregnant and with three other young children. Driving a beat up old van with nothing but the clothes on their backs, she was determined to get as far away from her husband as...

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Melody’s Story

"Melody" and her son Josh came to SAFE Shelter to escape the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her husband who was in the Army. Josh was three years old and was a human whirlwind. He couldn’t sit still for a minute and when he got angry,...

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