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Apr
08

Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence

I imagine it may have happened like this.  It was 1985, and a few friends were sitting around a kitchen table, and for some reason the subject came up.  It could have been a sensational story in the paper, but I have a feeling it was more likely one of them had a loved one who was living with domestic violence.  She might have even been killed, it happens all of the time.  Human beings build barriers between ourselves and tragedies that are far away.  That way they don’t seem so real.  But when it happens close to home (or in your home), you can’t build a barrier against that.  It gets through, it gets in, and you have to deal with it.

So…the ladies were having a conversation, and the subject turned to what could they do to help.  Remember, this was the mid-80’s, and a lot of women still lived with domestic violence in silence.  There weren’t separate shelter’s for women (if there were, there weren’t enough).  If you left home, and you had no family, where was there to go??  You could call an agency, and they would tell you to leave, but they couldn’t answer “to where?”.  You couldn’t take your kids to a homeless shelter.  You had heard the stories, of beatings, rape, and even murder that happened there.  You couldn’t go to a friends house, they had their own problems, besides he would find you anyway.  No…it was better to stay where you were.  At least you knew where the “bad” was coming from here. 

Back to the friends… they talked about donating money, food, clothes.  Maybe they even did, at first.  But it didn’t feel like enough, not nearly enough.  There had to be something more that they could do. Somebody said something about getting organized, and offering to help people as they needed it.  Somebody else offered to set up in a spare bedroom, upstairs in her house.  How much room would they need anyway? Well then came the subject of a name.  They had to be called something. From somewhere came the name of “Artemis, the goddess protector of the vulnerable, of women and children”. Continue reading ‘Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence’

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