Success Story: Becoming a Survivor

Angela was in trouble. For several years, her common-law husband had been abusing her and her four sons. One day, she finally got the courage to leave her husband for good. But not having any money or place to stay, she had nowhere to go except to her local domestic violence shelter.

The shelter Angela turned to just so happened to have a special relationship with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) that allows victims to receive needed legal assistance from the moment they turn to someone for help. At the shelter, advocates provided Angela and her sons with much needed support while also putting them in touch with TRLA attorneys. TRLA worked with shelter advocates to help Angela file reports with the police and with Child Protective Services regarding her husband’s abuse. TRLA also helped Angela get a protective order and public housing, both of which allowed her to move out of the shelter and start and new life.

Today Angela and her sons consider themselves survivors – thanks to the help of their local shelter and TRLA.


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