Danielle – Hero of the Month

Name: Danielle
Age: 17

Hero of the Month girl

Danielle is a 17-year old teenager who witnessed – and experienced – a significant amount of domestic violence. She is the oldest of 8 children and since she was small, can recall her mother being abused by her father when he drank. Danielle left home at the age of 13 with a boyfriend, and at the young age of 14, became a mother and a primary victim of partner abuse. She was physically hit and repeatedly emotionally abused by her significant other. For a short time, she came to the shelter in 2008 after giving birth to her second child. She returned in 2009 without her children; they had been removed by the Department of Children and Families. Her kids meant the world to her and she wanted them back. During her stay, she enrolled in classes on parenting, healthy relationships, and the effects of domestic violence on children. She empowered herself to advocate on her behalf, and for her children. She dedicated long hours to pay for transportation for court dates, and to see her kids for supervised visitation. Danielle also enrolled in the Teenage Pregnancy Program, and continued to seek her education. In October, she gave birth to her third child and because of her dedication and efforts, was given custody of her other 2 children. Danielle continues to strive for a better life without violence and aims to provide a nurturing home for her family, thus breaking the cycle of violence that she has experienced for more than 2 generations.

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