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An Open Letter to Mothers Who Have Survived Relationship Violence

As we celebrate Mother’s Day to honor the relationship between a child and mother, I want to take a moment to honor you for your courage, strength, and perseverance.

As a mom, I know how difficult it can be to help your child navigate the complex challenges of today’s world. I’m often in awe of the love you show your child as they play at the emergency shelter, the reassurance as you bring them to the children’s programs at the walk-in centers, or the warmth as you await your case to be heard by the judge. Despite years of being made to feel unworthy, unbelieved, or unlovable, you persevere by showing your children the unbreakable bond between a mom and her child.  

You are doing the best you can, be kind to yourself, and know that you are loved. Your child sees when your heart breaks and all that you do to survive. They are hopeful that one day you too will see that it is your love that soothes them at night, your warmth that makes things a little less scary, and your smile that brightens their day.

For some of you, the journey to healing and becoming the incredible woman you were always meant to be is just beginning. And for some of you, the thought of taking the first step toward a life free from fear can feel overwhelming. You are not alone. No matter where you are on the journey to healing, we are here to walk alongside you.

On this Mother’s Day, our wish for you is that you feel the love and admiration we have for the incredible work you have done to stay strong and survive with the hope that your children and the generations to come will someday live free from fear.

Your courage is inspiring. YOU are a survivor. Happy Mother’s Day.

With great appreciation,

Maricela Rios-Faust

CEO of Human Options

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