2018 Holiday Appeal

Through your generous support, Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) have made it possible for thousands of domestic violence survivors like Megan begin to heal from their abuse. Your donation makes it possible for CAWC to provide shelter, as well as vital programs and services to domestic violence survivors and their children.  Each year, more survivors turn to CAWC for help.

 Together we can partner to end domestic violence and together we can help more domestic violence survivors like Megan embark on a new life that is free from fear.

 Megan’s moving story will touch your heart. 

 Please consider making a gift at your most generous level that reflects your commitment to CAWC and to ending domestic violence.  Through your donation, CAWC can provide support and encouragement to domestic violence survivors and their children. 

 Your donation today will ensure that CAWC can be there for Megan and so many others like her.

 An anonymous donor generously provided $30,000 to match new gifts or increased gifts above the amount you contributed to last year’s holiday appeal.  For example, if you made a $500 holiday appeal gift last year and a $750 holiday appeal gift this year, the donor would match $250 $750-$500). 

 An additional $30,000 would pay the partial salary for a Family Trauma Therapist who sees children who witnessed violence in their homes.

 Thank you for partnering with CAWC as we work to end domestic violence.  Our best to you and yours for a happy and safe holiday season and wonderful 2019. 


My name is Megan and I am a domestic violence survivor.

 It has been ten years since I left my abuser. The decision was easier than the actual act of leaving. But I had a four year old and a newborn. I feared for my life and for theirs. I loved them both with my whole heart and I knew that I couldn’t raise them in an abusive home. I had to get away from my abuser, But how?

 For years, I was physically and emotionally abused. I sustained bruises from his punches. He monitored my every move. He isolated me from my family and friends. He ensured that I was financially dependent on him. He exerted control and power over me. Control and power are an abuser’s mantra.

 I felt hopeless and afraid. My self-esteem plummeted the longer I stayed with him. I lost any dignity that I had. And one night when I was at the breaking point, I called the hotline and started individual counseling at CAWC. I attended a survivor’s support group and met others like me, others who endured horrific abuse.

 Because of my CAWC counselor and the domestic violence survivors in my group, I found the courage to leave my abuser.

 Coming to CAWC for help was the best decision that I ever made.

 It wasn’t easy. I left with two small children and not much more. But when punches got too close to my children, I knew that I had to move forward and escape a terrible life.

 Ten years later, he still harasses and threatens me. But because of what I learned at CAWC, I now can deflect his words and his actions.

 I am engaged to a wonderful, caring man who loves my sons. I share my story with others and I know that my words have convinced them to leave their abusers. I have a fantastic job at a well-respected company. My sons are thriving at school and in life. I’m lucky.

 All services provided at CAWC are free of charge to survivors and their children including staying at the shelter, counseling, support groups, and legal advocacy.

 Thanks to your support and generosity, I could begin to heal.  

 I tell myself that I survived for a reason – to live an amazing life, a life filled with happiness and love and not with fear - a life that I deserve.

 Thank you for listening to my story. And please support CAWC – I probably wouldn’t be here today without them.

 By supporting CAWC, you are supporting ME. And so many others – too many others.

 With gratitude, 

Megan