This post was written by Fay Schuler, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s West Women’s Shelter in Portland, Oregon. She has been a leader in the fight against domestic violence for 17 years, serving at The Salvation Army for the last 7 and a half years.
Women come to the West Women’s Shelter seeking refuge after fleeing violence. This violence happens in a war zone not abroad but in their home and at the hands of those who say they love them. They hope and believe the abuse will end and yet they have no control over this: they only control if they will leave or if they stay.