According to the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship by one partner attempting to gain or maintain control over another. In the United States alone, nearly 10 million women and men will experience intimate partner violence each year. For those victims, it can be difficult to identify when a relationship becomes violent and can fear the challenges that lie ahead if and when they attempt to leave.
For those able to escape, shelters and other home services have been established to offer security to those in emergency need; mothers, children, and other struggling family members can utilize these services to reclaim a sense of safety that was once lost amidst violence.
As an organization, we understand the power of expression, escape, and comfort that books can offer. To the people in domestic violence shelters, reading the works of other empowered and resilient authors can lend new insight and motivate those to continue surviving and thriving, even in less than ideal conditions. Utilizing notebooks, journals, and diaries can also aid in life-planning, self-expression, and help keep track of personal progress and goals.
Our donations of books, writing utensils, and other related supplies will be dispersed among local domestic violence shelters to allow survivors space and freedom to not only grow but to heal.
To find more information on domestic violence and find resources, you can click the link labeled "resources" above or go to https://www.thehotline.org/.
We have now accumulated over 5,000 books, journals, and other related materials. Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who have helped us achieve this goal. We are in the process of distributing to local shelters.